Human Rights Commission condemns violence against women

Ebele Okoye, Abuja

The National Human Rights Commission NHRC has decried the rate at which the rights of women are violated in the country.

Executive secretary of the commission Prof Bem Angwe made this known during a press conference organised by the commission to mark the International Women’s Day 2016. He said that his commission over the past two years has been flooded with complaints bordering on violence against women as compared to other forms of human rights violation.

While lauding the efforts of the Federal Government in seeing that women are properly keyed into the life of the nation, he complained of the rate at which violence against women continues to rise on daily basis.

“it is regrettable that despite government efforts and the various campaigns carried out by the commission to end all forms of domestic violence, particularly women and child’s rights abuse, violence and domestic violence against women and girls, including those committed by spouses has continued to rise steadily. Such violations of women which are prevalent in our country include, gender based physical attack on women, rape, or non–consensual sexual intercourse, child marriage, verbal attacks aimed sat violating a woman’s dignity and such other behaviors that create an intimidating, hostile, degrading or an inhumane environment,” he said.

He also went ahead to commend the efforts of all groups seeking the return of the Chibok Girls and urged the government to do more to ensure that the girls are found and returned safely.

Prof Angwe also disclosed that in the coming days, NHRC will create a special committee which will be made up of prominent Nigerian women to lead the campaign against violence on women and the girl child. He also called on all Nigerians to rise with one voice and say no to the horrible trend of violence against women.