The National Human Rights Commission NHRC, Kano Zonal office has reiterated its commitment to collaborate with Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), to fight sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the state.
State Coordinator of the Commission, Shehu Abdullahi stated this while receiving the delegation of CITAD in his office for an advocacy visit.
Abdullahi, while expressing deep concern and worries over the rise in the case of violence against women and girl-child in the state, said the act was often time carried out by elderly persons.
Earlier, the state coordinator noted that the NHRC cannot single-handedly and successfully stop the scourge of violence against women and girl-child without the support and collaboration of non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations.
On her part, the Gender technical officer of the center, Zainab Aminu, said CITAD recently conducted a survey in 22 local government areas of Kano State on violence against women and children and the results showed that the practice is on the rise. She maintained that, this negative outcome calls for deep involvement of stakeholders and relevant authorities across the state to curtail its spread.
She also added that for such a crusade against GBV on women and girl-child to be successful, all hands must be on deck to tackle it.
Zainab Aminu, expressed that there is need to advance and sustain the campaign against all sorts of violence against the girl child and identify more partners to be involved in the struggle. She urged parents, religious institutions, community members and the media to encourage victims to speak out on cases of abuse or violence.
Madam Zainab appealed to the NHRC to provide data of violence against young girls and women to the center, because data is key in addressing gender-based violence cases and it will help to get a rundown of cases across the state.
All the tiers of government were urged to put up stringent measures to serve as deterrent against the perpetrators of the heinous act for a better society.