The Wife of the Niger State Governor, Dr. Amina Abubakar Sani Bello has encouraged women and girls to break the culture of silence when they are abused.
Dr. Amina made this appeal at a sensitization session on Gender Based Violence organized for secondary school students in Minna to mark the international day for the elimination of violence against women.
Dr. Amina who appealed to women and girls in the state to be more forthcoming in reporting cases of abuse said that the silence on rape and domestic violence needs to end.
“Abuse and violence against women and girls has become a trend which has eaten deeply into our society so much so that one out of every three girls is abused either sexually or domestically”, Dr Amina stated.
She however faulted victims and their parents for encouraging rape by protecting the culprits.
“On many occasions, victims of rape and their families prefer to keep quiet when abuse occurs. This is one of the biggest problem as the perpetrators keep on doing it because they are not being exposed and arrested “, Dr. Amina bemoaned.
She further appealed to the public to support the fight against gender based violence by desisting from stigmatization of victims of abuse.
In her remark, the Niger State Ambassador for the fight against gender based and domestic violence, Hajiya Mairo Mann stated that a better child rights law is needed to better protect children from abuse.
According to her, understanding why women get raped is hard as some of the circumstances surrounding some rape cases have no logical explanation.
“Relations have molested family members and even babies without provocative dresses have been molested despite dressing being the major reason given by many culprits”, Mairo said.