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Senate seeks end to violence against women 

 

The senate has called for an end of violence against women in the country.

It specifically  asked the police to prosecute those found culpable in gender-based violence (GBV).

The resolutions of the senate followed a motion sponsored by Senator  Ireti Kingibe ( LP FCT) and 16 other senators.

The motion was to commemorate the 16 days of activism against GBV celebrated by the UN every year.

While moving her motion on the floor of the senate on Thursday, Kingibe said GBV is a “pervasive problem worldwide”.

“Women are vulnerable and are at risk. More is needed to ensure that women live and are free of violence,” the FCT senator said.

“The fatalities from GBV are more than 1,000.”

On her part, Senator  Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan ( PDP Kogi Central)  said women have also suffered in the hands of women.

“Nigerian women and the world have suffered in the hands of not just men but women and in various organisations,” she said.

“I support the call for a stop to the violence.”

Senator Adams Oshiomhole ( APC Edo North) in his own contribution , said there should be stiff penalties for GBV offenders.

“I think we need to review the laws that have to do with violence against women. We need to make the penalties stiffer.

“We should pass laws with appropriate tools to enable the police to prosecute. 

“Sermonising alone won’t change  the minds of those who think they have the right to oppress”, he said .

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