Rescue the Women Foundation, REWOFO, has advocated that more women should join the Nigeria Police Force as well as membership of the Bar and Bench in order to strengthen justice administration as violence against their gender continue to escalate across the country.
The founder and Chief Executive Officer of REWOFO, Salim Usman made the call during the three-year anniversary, awards presentation and magazine launching of the NGO in Kano on Saturday.
Mr Usman noted that the response to gender-based violence must be immediate, coordinated and effective so that criminals get punished and justice is secured.
Mr Usman, therefore, stressed that women must have access to the police to file a criminal report and receive legal advice and protection orders.
According to him, this could only be achieved if women serve on the frontline of justice system in the country.
“Courts and the justice system must be accessible and responsive to criminal and civil matters relating to violence against women. Women must be informed of their legal rights and supported to navigate the legal system.
“And for this, we need more women police officers, prosecutors and judges, because we know that women serving on the frontline of justice strengthen justice for women and children,” Mr Usman said.
The CEO also explained that REWOFO is a charitable non-profit NGO working towards achieving the four thematic areas of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, namely: Gender-based violence, Health, Children and Empowerment.
“These areas are designed to achieve the SDGs more specifically SDG 1,3,4, and 5. (1. No Poverty, 2. Good Health and wellbeing, 3. Quality Education and 5. Gender Equality),” Mr Usman added.
The founder, therefore, stated that the organization would continue to engage civil society organisations, government and the private sector partners in ending violence against women and children.
“We will also work with survivors to empower them, making sure their experiences are taken into consideration in the development of responses; and working with those women and girls who suffer multiple and intersecting forms of violence who are particularly vulnerable,” Mr Usman said.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Sani Maikatanga, a budding Kano-based photojournalist working with Trust Media Limited, is among the awardees at the event.