The Nigerian Senate has taken a resolute stance to intensify punitive actions against perpetrators of violence targeting women and children, urging the Nigeria Police to enforce laws more rigorously in such cases.

This decision was made during plenary, Thursday, in response to a motion raised by Senator Kingibi Ireti (FCT) regarding the 16 days of international advocacy against violence targeting girls and women in Nigeria.

Senator Ireti passionately appealed to her fellow lawmakers to spearhead advocacy efforts to combat gender-based violence, citing an alarming surge in reported cases. She underscored the urgent need to address this widespread, persistent, and egregious violation of human rights, highlighting the concerning level of exposure women face to various forms of violence.

Supporting the motion, Senator Natasha Uduaghan-Akpoti (PDP, Kogi Central) emphasized the timeliness of the initiative, rallying all agencies to stand in solidarity with women.

Furthermore, Senator Adams Oshiomhole (APC, Edo North) emphasized the collective responsibility in combating this issue, urging law enforcement agencies, particularly the police, to rigorously enforce existing laws. He also urged the Senate to lead by example in the fight against gender-based violence.

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Adding his voice, Senator Diket Plang (APC, Plateau Central) highlighted the unique talents possessed by women and called on men to support and encourage them to maximize their potential.

As a proactive measure, the Senate mandated its Committee on Women Affairs and other relevant committees to develop a comprehensive national road map aligning with the objectives outlined in the Orange Nigeria Initiative.

The resolution by the Senate reflects its commitment to proactively address the menace of violence against women and provide tangible solutions.

The Senate’s decisive action aligns with the global efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls. The United Nations General Assembly, in December 1993, adopted the declaration on the elimination of violence against women, reinforcing the commitment to eradicate such violence worldwide.