Plateau Commissioner laments gender violence increase

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development Plateau State, Hon. Rufina Gurumyen has lamented over the increasing cases of violence against women and children in the state.
Hon. Gurumyen expressed her dismay at the level of violence against women and children during a high level advocacy meeting against this social vices organized by the ministry in collaboration with OBSTEC, CWEENS and NSRP (NGOs) held at the Government House Little Rayfield Jos, recently.
According to her “Plateau State as we all know was bedeviled by conflict situations emanating from socio cultural and religious difference since 2001 which has contributed to the increase in cases of Violence Against Women children in the state.
“Over two years the violence against women and Girls (VAWG) observatory has been able to collect data on the incidence of women and children in the state and the data is alarming.
She maintained that there was need for an urgent intervention by policy and decision makers to take strategic and specific actions to reduce the incidence in the state and the country at large.
Gurumyen disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to give the executive, judiciary and legislature the opportunity and cooperatively make policy commitments that would contribute to protecting the rights of women and children in the state and called on the people of the state to take decisive action against VAWG in the state.
She commended Governor Simon Bako Lalong for providing the enabling environment for NSRP, other international bodies, OBSTEL, CWEENS and local organizations to contribute towards ending violence against women and children.
Also speaking at the event, the National Coordinator CWEENS, Prof, Mrs. Fumi Para Mallau revealed some of the challenges and gaps as, low institutional capacity for addressing NAWG, skills deficits, CRA & GEO yet to be gazette and no family courts, low funding for critical infrastructure and training in GRPS.
She added that others include low priority accorded to child/gender-responsive budgeting, socio-cultural challenges are high tolerance for VAWG, low awareness/sensitization about VAWG as human rights violation and culture of silence, victimization and blame.

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