NHRC receives 524 sexual, gender-based violence complaints from Kaduna

NHRC receives 524 sexual, gender-based violence complaints from Kaduna

1/25/2022 2:09:00 PM

NHRC receives 524 sexual, gender-based violence complaints from Kaduna

NHRC says out of the 524 complaints received in 2021, 224 are mostly about domestic violence against women, even though there are other...

said it received 524 complaints of sexual and gender-based assault against women from Kaduna State alone, in 2021.Mr Terngu Gwar, the Commission’s State Coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Kaduna on Monday.He ascribed the increase in Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) to the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming that the pandemic restricted transportation and resulted in many people losing their employment which in turn brought about an increase in poverty, bitterness and anger in people.

Read more: Premium Times »

INTERVIEW: What I will do as president on state police, crypto, repentant terrorists—Saraki

A former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, one of the 15 presidential aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party, says he is the best person to rule Nigeria fr... Read more >>

El-Rufai’s Achievements Will Make APC Retain Power in Kaduna, Says SaniThe Senator representing Kaduna Central District, Uba Sani, has said he is confident that his party, the All Progressive Congress will retain power in Kaduna state in the 2023 General election. Where are the achievements Lies everywhere Which of the Sani? The afro Sani? Ifb E ran

MoU: You betrayed our trust, group berates Kaduna lawmakerGroup under the auspices of Jema'a-Sanga Peoples Democratic Party Mass Mobilisation and Equity Movement has chided the member representing the area in the House of Representative, Hon Nicholas Shehu SavedOneClick

Kaduna man drags two women to court over alleged kidnapMalam Ismail Bello on Monday dragged one Hafsat Auwal before a Shari’a court in Kaduna for allegedly abducting his wife and child. Bello, a 40-year old

Women Inclusion: Court to deliver judgement on affirmation action suit in MarchThe plaintiff seeks the implementation of the National Gender Policy (NGP) which providea for the allocation of 35 percent of all appointments to women.

‘Infectious Diseases Hospital Not For COVID Patients Alone’Kaduna State Government decided to build the Infectious Disease Hospital from the scratch, when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak, the Commissioner of Keep the good work your Excellency.

Bala Mohammed receives scores of APC defectors into PDP in BauchiBauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, on Sunday received scores of All Progressives Congress (APC) members at Awalah area of Bauchi

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said it received 524 complaints of sexual and gender-based assault against women from Kaduna State alone, in 2021. Mr Terngu Gwar, the Commission’s State Coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Kaduna on Monday. He ascribed the increase in Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) to the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming that the pandemic restricted transportation and resulted in many people losing their employment which in turn brought about an increase in poverty, bitterness and anger in people. Mr Gwar claimed that out of the 524 complaints received in 2021, 224 are mostly about domestic violence against women, even though there are other types of violence against women and girls. He listed other forms of violence as rape, child abandonment, forced marriage, human trafficking, life threats, and child custody/access. Mr Gwar added that “233 of the reported cases have been resolved, while the other cases are currently being investigated”. According to him, the commission not only receives complaints but also mediates in problems involving couples and families. “The commission does community outreach, radio programs, and visits secondary schools to educate students and teachers about SGBV,” Mr Gwar added. He added that more grassroots sensitisation was needed for people to be aware of the importance of protecting and enforcing their rights as well as the consequences and punishments that await any wrongdoer. Mr Gwar called for more grassroots sensitisation for people to become more aware of the importance of protecting and enforcing their rights, as well as the consequences and punishments awaiting any perpetrators. He, therefore, urged civil society organisations (CSOs), traditional authorities, and religious leaders to take the lead in combating the persistence of domestic violence. READ ALSO: Speak up, document evidence, NHRC tells SGBV victims Mr Gwar also urged concerned groups to place a greater emphasis on public education or knowledge of domestic abuse, as well as the application of current rules and regulations that might help to develop an accountability culture around the concerns. The NHRC headquarters in Abuja had also reported in November 2021, that it received over 139,780 complaints of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) between 2020 and March 2021. Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the commission, disclosed it in a statement when Nigeria joined the rest of the international community to mark the 2021 international day for the elimination of violence against women (IDEVW). Mr Ojukwu also attributed the rise in the number of SGBV cases in recent times to COVID-19, which he said led to lockdowns in different parts of the world, including Nigeria.