Experts canvass procedural data mechanism to end racism
To eradicate racism, Gender Based Violence (GBV), child marriage as well as Female Genital Mutilation, among other societal ills, federal and state governments have been urged to make available procedural data mechanism that will accelerate punishment for perpetrators.
Speaking at the launch of a book, ‘Stain on Humanity’ in Lagos, former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu condemned gender abuse particularly against women and the girl child, which she said affects the dignity of persons in the society.
Ojukutu stated that the book is a pointer to the awakening the spirit of consciousness of humanity to the reality of social ills in the society.
“This is an ingenious work that touches the heart of whoever is reading the book that something urgent needs to be done in putting an end to the issue affecting GBV, child marriage as well as Female Genital Mutilation, among other societal ills.”
Also speaking at the launch, a social crusader and author, Mr. Kabir Bakare, disclosed that racism is an act that is greatly influenced by societal intolerance for prejudice and discrimination. This, he said, underscores the UN’s declaration on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination adopted by the General Assembly on November 20, 1963.
He stated that the book was aimed at bringing to the people’s consciousness societal problems, so they could resonate in their mind.
He added that African leaders should rise to the occasion and save humanity through legislation to ensure racism cases are reported and offenders punished.
“There is the culture of silence, with many of the cases under reported. We don’t even have data to know the areas prone to such social ills,” he said.
Bakare noted that the narratives should change to ensure that victims are supported mentally and emotionally. The book reviewer, Owoeye Adeyemo, said the book is a well-written and researched work tailored towards topical issues that are germane to human existence.
The Vice President, Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FONWAN), Oyo State, Dr. Lateefat Dairo, enjoined state actors to embark on programmes that would reduce to be bearest minimum the issue of racial discrimination faced by citizens.
She commended the author for awakening people’s consciousness to the realities of starting a healthy discourse, as well as useful debate that will snowball into legal framework for policy implementation in curbing such despicable acts.