‘Violence against women must not be tolerated…There is no justification for domestic violence’
An Anglican archbishop in Nigeria has raised concern over the increasing spate of violence against women in the country, saying that it affects one in three women.
« Even in homes, we condemn spousal battery, and we urge parties in a marriage to respect each other, » said Archbishop Alexander Ibezim, Province of the Niger, and Bishop of Awka, according to Daily Post
The archbishop was speaking to mark the 2020 Mothering Sunday in the church, celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which this year falls on March 22.
Archbishop Ibezim called on couples to learn to respect, tolerate and endure each other’s misgiving, as a way of growing the family.
Taking both men and women to task he said, « Violence against women must not be tolerated, but women must bridle their tongues always and respect their husbands. Men, I charge you to love your wives. There is no justification for domestic violence, » he said.
« Domestic violence against women must be condemned by the Church and society, » he said reading from his message « Gender based violence is today a global pandemic that affects one in three women. »
ActionAid Nigeria has also called on the federal government to rise up to the task of accelerating gender equality in the country. « Governments should ensure that women participate equally and meaningfully in all processes around designing, legislating and budgeting, not just for their safety but for national development, » it said in a statement.
The United State’s latest report on Human Rights Practices in Nigeria said Nigeria lacks all-inclusive regulation that could effectively address violence against women across the nation.
It made reference to a March 2019 report by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) which shows that one in four girls and one in 10 boys were victims of sexual violence prior to their 18th birthday.
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