The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says it received 814 complaints of human rights violations from January to November in Bauchi State.
The Coordinator of the commission in the state, Mrs Yachit Dala, made this known at a rally to mark the 2021 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on Thursday in Bauchi.
The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that commences on Nov. 25 — the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women— and ends on Dec. 10 — Human Rights Day.
Originally created by activists, it has continued to be coordinated each year by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership to raise awareness on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and how to eliminate the menace.
Dala, who said that the complaints, however, cut across all forms of human rights violations, added that 414 of the cases were gender-based and domestic violence.
Yachit noted that “the larger number of complaints received by the commission was due to awareness we
created over time.”
She explained that the objective of the campaign was to promote behavioural change by emphasising positive masculinities and promoting gender equality norms.
The coordinator urged policymakers to provide stiffer penalties for perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence in the state, stressing that stakeholders should always support the establishment of child protection laws that would protect children.
Mrs Comfort Attah, the Executive Director, Attah Sisters Helping Hand Foundation (ASHHF), said that the 16 Days
of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence was an annual event in support of the elimination of violence against women and girls.
She noted that the 2021 theme of the day “Orange the World, End Violence Against the World utilises the colour orange to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls.
“The involvement of stakeholders in the mobilisation against violence against women, especially in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic is essential,” Attah said.
She stressed the need for collaboration with relevant stakeholders to address the menace of all forms of rights violations.
The rally was organised by NHRC, in collaboration with the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), the Federation of Muslim Women in Nigeria (FOMWAN) and ASHHF.
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