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YWCA condemns violence against women


Domestic-ViolenceThe Young Women’s Christian Association of Nigeria (YWCA) has condemned all acts of violence against women and the female folk in general, and expressed deep concern and displeasure over the death of Mrs. Ronke Shode, who was allegedly killed by her husband last week in Egbeda area of Lagos.

In a statement signed by its National President, Lady Chikwue Ochiagha, the organisation noted that “violence against women transcends national, cultural, racial and class boundaries, and remains an issue of global concern that continues to invade our reality with prominence.”

YWCA said it is shocking that it appears that with every reported case of violence against women, the degree of gruesomeness in the act increases and such acts of violence are too frequently tolerated and justified as a means of enforcing conformity with the subordinate role of a woman within customary society. The organisation said reports indicate that violence against women and girls occurs on a daily basis in different forms and more often than not, results in death.

“Thousands of other cases remain unreported due the stigma attached and the victims continue to suffer in silence, despite Nigeria’s constitutional stipulation for every citizen to enjoy his/her fundamental human rights and, other stipulations within the United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), of which Nigeria is a signatory.

“YWCA, as a faith based and rights based organisation, recognises the injustice carried out against Shonde as gross violation of fundamental human rights and against the sanctity of life upheld by Christ and His Church.

“We, therefore, condemn this brutal act of violence in its totality and call for in-depth investigation into this criminal act and for perpetrator(s) to face the full wrath of the law.”

It added: We also call for the full domestication of CEDAW and our own recently passed Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Bill.

“YWCA recommends that all security and other relevant agencies be fully sensitized on these instruments to ensure full implementation violence not only has negative consequences for women, but also their families, the community and the country at large and subsequent enjoyment of safety and security by women and girls in the country.”

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