The Association of Traditional Rulers’ Wives and the broad Sustainable Women’s Economic Empowerment and Peace Initiative have revealed that there are more than a thousand cases of sexual and gender-based violence in the Federal Capital Territory.

The groups said this at a joint news conference on Thursday at the Gomo Palace in Kuje, Abuja, as part of a 16-day campaign to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

According to its baseline study on “The Prevalence of SGBV in the FCT”, “some regional councils are suspected of having data on cases reported directly to them only. Having said that, Gwagwalada reported the highest number of SBGVs at 900, followed by Kwali ( 121 vehicles), Abuja Municipal (22 vehicles), Abaji (12 vehicles) and Bwari (5 vehicles); for example, traditional rulers received the most complaints in Kwali (25) while the Social Welfare Department received the highest number of complaints in Gwagwalada (900) most complaints.”

AWTR secretary-general Halima Mohammad, who issued a joint statement, revealed that the groups had set up a hotline in the palace of the traditional ruler of the FCT to receive one-on-one case reports through the traditional ruler’s wife. Rulers at the community level. She added that the groups will be campaigning in FCT’s schools to raise awareness among women and girls to end school-related violence against women and girls.

“We have a dedicated hotline that allows one-on-one case reporting to the palace through wives of traditional rulers. Your case comes to a logical conclusion so you can get justice.There is a growing recognition that it is impossible to truly address Indigenous peoples’ struggles with SGBV without strengthening the traditional justice system.

“During this year’s 16-day event, Traditional Rulers Wives will partner with B-SWEEP to bring the movement to schools in Kuje and AMAC to raise awareness among students and teachers to end school-related violence against women and girls Behavior. We will be making the media rounds to promote the course.”

Meanwhile, Hajia Hadiza Abubakar, director of B-SWEEP and wife of the former Bauchi state governor, explained that the cases received at the palace were referred to the relevant authorities, and the sheikhs and parliament were unable to resolve them.

“Each palace has its own unique way of dealing with this issue, although it depends on the nature of the case. What can be done in the palace, we will do it. Refer it to the relevant authorities, whether it is the police or otherwise.”

These groups called on governments, civil society and the private sector to speak out for improving traditional justice systems to effectively combat gender-based violence among poor indigenous peoples.

They also called on grassroots initiatives to work with traditional leaders, not against them, to achieve zero violence against women and girls, and tasked communities to work together to “prevent violence” in Nigeria. ”

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