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More needs to be done to tackle GBV – AONN

Association of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria, AONN, Oyo State chapter has decried the rate of unreported cases of violence against women and vulnerable children in the society.

The association expressed the concern at a news briefing in Ibadan. 

According to the association, the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey in 2018 found that nine per cent of women between the ages of 15 to 49 had suffered sexual assault at least once in their lifetime.

The coordinator, Mrs Petra Ogunfowokan enjoined federal and state governments and the private sector to create more centres where those violated could run to.

One of the speakers, Mr Abimola Lawal said most cases of Gender Based Violence, GBV, were due to social, economic, cultural, political and religious factors.

In the same vein, another speaker, Mrs Gloria Adeniran said Gender Based Violence in Nigeria could be curbed through sensitization.

Also, a member of the association, Mrs Rosemary Odigbo added that collaboration between the government and private sector would further help in stemming the tide of GBV in society. 

The news briefing was part of activities for the 16-day activism against gender-based violence. 

Funmilola Obagbayegun

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