Ending Gender-Based Violence is a call to Stop Child Abuse or Violence Against Girls. In Nigeria, one in three of all women and girls aged 15-24 has been a victim of violence. And one in five has experienced physical violence. There is a high rate of ignorance about gender-based violence and its punishments and this leaves girls and women continually abused and victimized and the person abusing the victim continues to harass others unstopped and unpunished. There are various laws that provide for punishment for offenders who violate girls’ rights, but the crimes have to first be reported.
Gender-Based Violations include rape, defilement, incest, sexual harassment, domestic violence, battery, kidnap, trafficking, psychological or emotional abuse, torment, abandonment, neglect, starvation, maltreatment, separation from your parents, female genital mutilation or female circumcision, disinheritance, widowhood practices and many others. And laws that provide punishments for some of these violations include the Child Rights Act, 2003, the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, and other laws of Nigeria.
TGAP is helping us to use our creative digital skills to tell short stories, write poems, take compelling photographs, produce a short film, and showcase them in this website to speak out against gender-based violence. Want to join us? Take Action too! Write a story and send to us at [email protected] or Contact Us to share your story and have it highlighted on our website.