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Nigeria Records 27,698 Sexual and Gender Based Violence Cases in 3 Years

Gender Based Violence

Gender Based Violence

Nigeria recorded 27,698 acts of sexual and gender-based violence between 2020 and 2023.

Sunday Agbakaba, the Data Manager, Federal Ministry Women of Affairs, stated this during the train-the-trainers workshop on the use of the GBV dashboard and reportage on Tuesday in Umuahia.

He said the data was obtained since the inception of the GBV National Dashboard between 2020 and October 2023. Breaking down the figures, Agbakaba said the ministry recorded 1,145 fatal GBV cases while 393 perpetrators were convicted within the period under review.

Agbakaba said the dashboard also showed 9,636 open cases; 3,432 new cases; 1,741 closed cases and 1,895 follow up cases.

The dashboard is an innovative central reporting and data visualisation platform for real-time tracking of different types and locations of GBV in the country,” he said.

According to him, the dashboard is designed to enhance SGBV reportage in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). He said that Abia with 92 reported incidences and four fatal cases was at the bottom of the GBV national dashboard.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Ohanenye said the training was designed to encourage Abia to key into the reportage of the national dashboard, following the increase in the rate of

“Rape is a criminal case, no person has the right or mandate to stop such except the court and that is why we are escalating it to the front burner,” the minister said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise is being organised in collaboration between the FMWA, Office of the Wife of Abia Governor, and the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

It attracted representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), law enforcement agents, among others.