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UN calls for stiffer sanction against sexual, gender-based violence against women, girls


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The United Nations, UN, on Monday, called for urgent action to end Sexual and Gender-based Violence, SGBV, against women and girls.

Head of Field Unit, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, in Yobe, Mr Gabriel Idioma, made the call in Gashua, Nguru local government  of Yobe.

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“We shall join hands to support the adoption of comprehensive laws addressing SGBV, discrimination and inequality.

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“To ensure our daughters’ rights are protected and respected and give them the same access to education, healthcare, economic opportunities and other resources within home and community”, he said.

He said SGBV is a universal reality that exists in all societies regardless of economic status, class or culture which effected their wellbeing and productivity in their homes, communities and place of work.

This year’s campaign titled “End Gender Based Violence in the world of work” marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Right.

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The campaign runs every year from Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Dec. 10, Human Rights Day.

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It was initiated in 1991 by the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute, held by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, New Jersey, U.S.A.


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