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30 per cent of women, girls experience sexual abuse in Nigeria – Minister Tallen

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The Minister of Girls Affairs, Sen. Pauline Tallen, has mentioned 30 per cent of girls and ladies between the ages of 15-49 expertise totally different types of sexual abuse.

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Tallen mentioned this on Tuesday in Abuja, at a panel dialogue to commemorate the Worldwide Day of the Midwife 2021, and the Orange World Marketing campaign Flag-off.

The theme of the occasion was, “Entry to Providers For GBV Survivors in Nigeria: A Name to Motion.”

Tallen attributed the rising variety of sexual abuse, particularly within the North East, to prevailing elements like baby marriage and terrorism.

The minister, who was represented by the Everlasting Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Anthonia Ekpa, mentioned Nigeria skilled totally different types of sexual abuse, and that the patriarchal nature of the society, NAN reviews.

“The scenario has additional worsened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been described as a shadow pandemic.

“The pandemic has seen a surge on reviews of gender-based violence instances nationwide, which has led to the diversion of priorities and assets to handle these points.

“There’s steady advocacy and ongoing amendments to present insurance policies to accommodate finest practices in combating this pandemic,” she defined.

Tallen famous {that a} latest examine commissioned by her Ministry and the United Nations (UN) companions in Nigeria, with help from the Norwegian authorities, discovered that 28 per cent of Nigerians aged 25-29 had skilled some type of bodily violence since age 15.

“The examine additionally reviews that 15 per cent of girls skilled bodily violence, and the extent of publicity to the chance of violence diverse primarily based on marital standing.

“It mentioned 44 per cent of divorced, separated or widowed ladies reported experiencing violence since age 15, whereas 25 per cent of married ladies or these dwelling with their spouses have skilled violence,” she mentioned.

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