The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has reiterated its commitment to zero tolerance for all forms of violence against women and girls in the FCT.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa stated this while declaring open a two-day inception workshop to launch the EU-UN joint Spotlight Initiative in Abuja.
Ohaa said that the worst form of violence is against the vulnerable in the society who are mostly women and girls.
“It is about time that we all woke up and not only speak against this unconscionable evil but also take concrete action against it. Keeping silent only emboldens the aggressors and perpetrates the circle of violence and repression”, he stated.
He further said that, “ negative social norms which condone or support violence against women and girls and harmful practices remain pervasive. These, he continued are characterized by child marriages, female genital mutilation and reproductive organ ailments such as VVF”.
Mr Ohaa described the Spotlight Initiative as a new global multi -year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, explaining that it was so named because “it brings focused attention to this issue and efforts to achieve gender equality and women empowerment”.
He also said the Initiative was timely, apt and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Permanent secretary added that the six pilot states identified for the take-off of the programme in the six geopolitical zone and the FCT, is a welcome spread that would achieve a balanced intervention across the zones and thereafter replicated in all states of the federation.
The EU-UN Joint Spotlight Initiative, Sir Ohaa concluded will also, amongst other things, build on and scale up its efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls.