BreakingNews 21/1/17 - Nigeria: Plateau youths march against domestic violence

[ Masterweb Reports: Lami Sadiq reports ] - Women and men in Plateau State today joined their counterparts across the world for a women’s march against domestic violence calling on government and policy makers to make policies that will reduce the tendencies of violence against women.

 
Daily Trust reports that the gathering which conveyed at 8:30 in front of the Plateau State House of Assembly building had various representatives from the Civil Society Organisations, Academicians, people living with disabilities and members of religious groups.
 
The Executive Director of Youth Initiative Against Violence and Human Right Abuse (YIAVHA) Pwakim Jacob Choji who organised the march said religious leaders have not really encouraged women to speak out when their rights are being violated especially within the home front.
 
“This gathering today is to encourage more people to speak out on these issues and we believe that when everyone starts to speak up about domestic violence then our policy makers will do something about it,” he said.
 
Choji also said; “domestic violence has been a very critical issue in our lives where every now and then as a development worker we hear cases of wives being battered. Violence within the home front is on the increase whether it is in the form of rape of the children or women. Politically we have seen how women are being downgraded so we felt since this is an opportunity that has been created globally, we can also key in so that it can be mitigated.” 
 
Various person shared experiences of how the culture of silence on domestic violence have promoted gender based violence in other sectors of human endeavours and called on religious and community leaders to encourage women to speak out.
 
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