Violence against Women : Littoral Launched 16-DayActivism
This was during a meeting at the governor’s office on November 29.
The Littoral region has joined the world wide 16 day campaign to end violence against women and girls. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world. It remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. It is on record that more than 5 women or girls are killed every hour by someone in their own family.
In the region, the situation is no different. Reason why the Secretary General to the governor’s office, Aboubakary Haman Tchiouto, has called on all to join forces to end that violence. He assured that the government is determined to end it, as women are the backbone of society. While presenting some statistics, he said more than 44% of women of ages 15-49 have experienced violence in relationship. The violence, he went on, range from physical, emotional to sexual. With all these he urged all to join forces and end the said violence.
On her part, the regional delegate of Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family, Caroline Giselle Ekoh, emphasized that a lot of women died as a result of violence, especially by intimate partners. She said women suffer a lot of violence including intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide), sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber-harassment), human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation); female genital mutilation; and child marriage. She decried that the cases of violence against women and girls are on a steady increase in the region, and called on stakeholders to campaign against it...