Prepare for increase in domestic violence, activists warn FG

By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

Women rights groups in the country have said the lockdown ordered by the Federal Government to control the spread of coronavirus has the tendency to worsen sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls.

The groups noted that experience from other countries, like China, shows a corresponding rise in the number of women reporting increased incidents of domestic violence as a result of tension arising from the economic impact of the lockdown.

The activists stated these in a joint statement by the Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi; Secretary General, Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative, Saudatu Mahdi; and the Country Director, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Dr Joy Onyesoh.

The statement was endorsed by 283 organisations in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari had, on March 29, ordered the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital…

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