Bad Government, Poverty Unemployment Contribute to Gender-Based Violence

Bad governance, poverty, unemployment, contribute to gender-based violence
Abuja – Poverty, unemployment, ignorance and bad governance have been identified as contributory factors to gender based violence.

Gender and Conflict Adviser of Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), an NGO, Mrs Chitra Nagaraja, identified these in a paper presented in Abuja on Thursday.

She spoke at a meeting with members of the steering committee on UNSCR 1325.

Nagaraja called for a review of the action plan of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 with a view to promoting women’s rights.

According to her, there should be proper policy implementation to achieve the target goal.
“When the plan is reviewed, it will ensure protection of women and girls from all forms of gender-based violence.

“By so doing, we will be able to ensure resolution of armed conflict and its disproportionate and unique impact on women and girls.

“The review will also help to ensure solution for the adoption of a gender perspective to consider the special needs of women and girls during conflict and post conflict.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that NSRP is funded by the UK Department for International Development to reduce violent conflict in Nigeria.

Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi, Manager of Women and Girls, NSRP, observed that the National Action Plan launched on Aug. 13, 2013 would end in Aug. 2016, hence, the need for government to review the plan to protect women’s rights.

Eleanor said, “the National Action Plan is a three-year action plan; the mere reason the national steering committee is meeting is to discuss the way forward for its review.

“We will centre our discussion on relationship between gender and conflict and how this relates to peace building and gender based violence.”

The UNSCR 1325 is a legal document that requires parties in conflict to prevent violations of women’s rights, peace and security and also support their participation in peace negotiations.

According to her, if there are differences between men and women and gender structures that involve development, there will be problems associated with gender.

She identified gang rape and violent extremism to be forms of gender-based violence that need to be addressed in the National Action Plan 1325.

Representatives of Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police, Victim Support Fund, Ministries of Budget/Planning, Women Affairs and Social Development, Foreign Affairs, Justice, attended the meeting.

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