The United Nations has admonished leaders at all levels in the country to ensure that all hands are on deck in fight against rising trend of gender based violence (GBV) and violence against children (VAC).
The representative of UN Women to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Dr. Grace Ongile spoke in on Wednesday in Gombe during a one-day consultative meeting aimed at strengthening partnership and commitment with community and religious leaders in the state towards tackling the menace.
She said the global body under its Women, Peace and Security Programme has called community and religious leaders because they are value bearers, spiritual mentors and critical stakeholders in the quest for sustainable peace.
Ongile who represented by Peter Mancha, Deputy Programme Manager, UN Women said violence against women slows down poverty eradication, just as much as it is a consequence of discrimination against women.
She nevertheless emphasised the need for GBV/VAC prevention strategy to be backed by political will and holistic participation of all sectors of the community so that it could have a long-lasting and permanent impact.
In his remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Muhammadu Adamu Bappah said a draft copy of the domesticated Child right Law was before the state Ministry of Justice for consideration and onward presentation to the as bill to the State Assembly.
He said it was against this background that they were community and religious leaders and other stakeholders to discuss how best to handle and manage GBV/VAC in our communities.
“I wish to call on all of us to reconsider our belief systems, norms, values and practice which provide acceptable ways.
“These are traits that shape our perception, thinking and behaviours on GBC/VAC. We are aligned to our thinking in this modern age and present realities (digital age). GBC/VAC is moral imperatives”, he said.
He therefore called on participants to step down the benefits of the forum in their respective areas.