Youth Initiative Against Violence and Human Rights Abuse (YIAVHA), an NGO, has called for an end to domestic and gender-based violence in the country.
The Executive Director of YIAVHA, Mr Pwakim Choji, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos.
He said the call became imperative as the world celebrate the International Women’s Day.
Commemorated on March 8 annually, the 2017 International Women’s Day has
“Wake Up Call For the Achievement of Justice” as its theme.
According to Choji, no society will experience meaningful growth and development when women are subjected to gender-based violence.
He said “lets not forget that women can’t achieve greatness when they are not bold in their approach toward self-liberation and engagement of any individual, group or institution that undermines their humanity.
“Women must be strategic in speaking about their demands, rather than their plights. They have this capacity because of their number.
“Our young girls must be brought up in a manner that they would be able to speak up for their rights from childhood to adulthood.
“It is only when we have a society where women are free from violence that we can begin to get things right.”
The director urged women to be bold, take their destiny in their hands and disallow any form of relegation in their respective societies.
He also called on government at all levels to put in place policies and modalities that would safeguard the place of a woman today and future generation of women in society.
“Our women should be bold to know that whatever a man can do, they too can do; this will make them to be more active in community development.
“Women must be bold enough to negotiate certain rights in the society; they and other ally’s must speak against domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence.
“These acts have continued to dehumanise women directly; these acts ultimately undermine the rights of all,” Choji said.