Women, child abuse perpetrators deserve capital punishment – NAWOJ
From Suleiman Lawal, Lafia
As women and children continue to experience series of sexual abuses, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), North Central has called on security agents to intensity efforts not to only curtail the menace but to eradicate it in totality.
The national vice president of the association, Hajiya Jamila Abubakar made the call at the zonal executive council meeting held at NUJ Press Center, Makurdi Road, Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State.
“Increase of sexual abuse and other forms of child violence in our nation is alarming. As mothers, we owe it a duty to raise this issue for proper solution.
“Don’t shy away from exposing and reporting cases of abuse on children,” she stated.
Abubakar tasked members of the union to rise up against violence perpetrated against women and children which she listed to include raping, assault, domestic violence, discrimination and some cultural belief that tend to dehumanize the female gender.
“It is on record that children have suffered cases of hard labour, domestic violence, child abuse,” she added, just as she called on governments at all levels to make sure that all the culprits were brought to book with a view to facing the full wrath of the law.
She further stated: “As female journalists, we must use the power of the pen to open up discourse on how society should collectively protect the rights of women and children.”
In his remarks at the occasion, the national vice president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zone D, Mr. Wilson Bako, commended the initiative of the women journalists for organising such meeting at the time when women and children are being faced with various degrees of abuses.
He urged them to sustain the tempo, adding that as mothers, they suffer the consequence of any war.
On his part, the state chairman of the state council of the union, Dogo Shama showered praises on them, praying for the sustenance of such crusade.
In a welcome address, the state chapter chairperson of the association, Hadiza Umar advised its members and other sister associations to join hands with relevant authorities for the fight against child abuse and violence against women.
She further maintained that violence against women is a serious human rights violence and public health problem of global proportions, adding that the declaration of the elimination of violence against women adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, defines it as: “Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women.”
Umar disclosed that child abuse and sexual violence are among the most destructive experiences affecting women and children in so many ways.