The Nasarawa State chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Jamila Abubakar has observed that violence against women, irrespective of the form it takes, remains a major obstacle to the growth and development of womenfolk.
Abubakar, who made the observation in Lafia, during the flag-off of the Advocacy and sensitisation meeting with stakeholders on “violence against women”, organised by the Zone D members of the association, noted that the growing incidents against women had become public health and human rights concerns.
Aggrieved by the fact that despite the obstacle that violence against women poses to development. It has continued to have an unjustifiable low priority in the scheme of things in the country. Abubakar called on journalists, to rise against injustice by using their pens wisely through editorials, features and commentaries to kick out violence against women.
Earlier in her speech, the vice president of the zone, Mrs. Veronica Ogbole, said all hands should be on deck to stop violence against women in the country, insisting that women might be forced to take cogent steps to guard against the incessant harassment on them.
Meanwhile, the National president of NAWOJ, Mrs. Asabe Baba-Nahaya, has urged stakeholders to fight the menace which had hindered the growth of womenfolk in the country.
Baba-Nahaya listed the violence to include rape, sexual molestation and domestic attack.
She therefore appealed to the National Assembly to ensure a speedy passage of the bill on violence against women, which she explained, would put a stop to unnecessary infringement on the fundamental rights of women in the society.
Sylvia ThankGod Amadi