PRESS RELEASE – 5th June, 2020
Sexual violence against women and girls is rooted in countries with male dominance. Let us note that the gender inequalities that fuel rape culture are essentially a question of power imbalances.( UN Secretary-General, António Guterres)
In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms from intimate partner, family friends, neighbors or strangers.
Rape(Sexual Violence) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today, among our young girls and women. It remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
To further clarify this, the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” – To this end, rape is one.
The adverse psychological, sexual and reproductive health consequences of rape affect women at all stages of their life is our concern as an health based Non-Governmental Organization because it thus set educational disadvantages, unhealthy lifestyle amongst others.
While gender-based violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, some women and girls are particularly vulnerable and has continued to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as the fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights. All in all, the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to leave no one behind – cannot be fulfilled without putting an end to sexual violence against women and girls.
We at PNB Dania Memorial Foundation, a health based organization, a women empowerment platform, a foundation that is concerned with the wellbeing of a girl-child, to this end condemns rape and we are putting up programs and workshops in place to support our condemnation.
In like manner, we call on the Nigerian governments; local, state ad federal to put policies in place to reduce the act and as well establish a law that would punish any offender and criminal who finds pleasure in it or use if as a tool for payback.
We, at PNB Dania Memorial Foundation believe that, every Nigerian can live in good health without molestation, violence and rape and for this, we hope that other human right organizations would rise up to their responsibility by saving our girls and women and as well put up programs and workshops that would kick against Rape.
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