The Actionaid Nigeria has called on Nigerians, especially civil society organisations, community development groups and other stakeholders to rise against the ugly trend of gender based violence in the country.
The Women Rights Programme Manager, Actionaid Nigeria, Mrs Nkechi Ilochi-Omekedo, made the call in Ilorin during an advocacy programme organised by International Women Communication Centre (IWCC).
Ilochi-Omekedo noted with displeasure the rampant cases of gender based violence, especially among the womenfolk.
She said that Actionaid which has its branches across over 43 countries in Africa, Europe and Asia, was established to ensure the emancipation of women socially, economically and politically.
She added the group was leaving no stone unturned in the areas of girl child education, women education, women empowerment, good governance and accountability in government among others.
She commended IWCC for its efforts in advancing women rights and the fight against gender based violence and urged the centre to sustain the tempo.
In her remark, the President of International Women Communication Centre (IWCC), Dr. Nimota Goroso, said that the centre was ever ready to collaborate with organisations with the same objectives, especially in advancing women right.
He said that the fight against gender based violence was a collective responsibilities of all stakeholders.
In her remark, the Chairperson of FIDA, Mrs Salmat Iyabo Muhammed, said the association was doing everything possible to protect the rights of womenfolk against any form of violence.
Also speaking, Hajia Habitat Asaju from Primary Health Care Development Agency and the representative of Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Alao called on the people to take precautionary measures against COVID-19.
They commended Actionaid and
 International Women Communication Centre (IWCC) for the efforts against gender based violence.