Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the International Women’s Day, the Federal Government, yesterday, launched an electronic dash board to document and track gender based violence, which it said was in the increase.
Director General, National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Mary Ekpere-Eta, while addressing journalists in Abuja, explained that the documentation would go a long way in reducing such vices that have given the country a bad name.
She added that the theme of the event; “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change,” would spur relevant agencies to arrest and prosecute offenders of gender based violence; and also rehabilitate victims.
She divulged the Centre’s preparedness to partner the University of Abuja to run a Master’s degree program in Gender Security Studies and Youth Advancement to address gender gabs and proffer solution to existing gender challenges in Nigeria.
According to her, “Working towards the actualization of the theme and also provide social protection for women, the Centre, in collaboration with the Office of the Wife of the president, has established a gender based violence electronic dash board to improve documentation and set up tracking mechanism of gender based violence trends across the country,” she said.
She, further maintained that the Centre, in addressing information and communication issues, had trained 50 women who were impaired in ICT and Project Management in 2018.
She, therefore, encouraged women to come out of their comfort zones and make themselves available to actualize “the balance for better”.