From Ali Galadima, Bauchi
The Bauchi state first lady Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed has lamented the rate of high domestic violence on women, saying henceforth she will not tolerate any assault on the vulnerable groups.
Hajiya Abubakar said, rapes and molestations of women and girls’ child reported recently in some communities of the state were devastating and unacceptable stories of what women are passing through in this modern generation.
The first lady made the lamentation yesterday during the lunch of women’s voice and leadership project organized by four women groups in the state, include Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI), Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Rahama Women Initiative and Ashh Foundation in collaboration with Actionaid funded by Global Affairs Canada held at Hazibal Suites, Bauchi.
Represented by wife of the State Deputy Governor Hajiya Aisha Baba Tela, assured that the trend would not be tolerated by the government of her husband.
She said Recent reports from security agents and civil society groups working on human rights and protection have indicated the alarming rate of domestic violence, rape and molestation especially towards women and girls that have been recorded across divergent communities within the state.
“This trend is unacceptable religiously nor morally and hence the goverment of my dear husband Senator Bala Mohammed will not take it lightly with anyone found wanting in this aspect”. She said.
According to Aisha, many women in the state are left making ends meet with low economic activities whose proceeds are being spent in catering for the family alleging that most men nowadays leave the responsibility of home care to the women.
In her speech, one of the organizers and executive director Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI) Hajiya Maryam Garba explained that the project would be implemented in nine local governments of the state and would last for five years.
She noted that the project seeks to empower women and girls on their rights so that gender equality would be achieved.
Also, the state Chairperson of FOMWAN otherwise called ‘state ameerah’, Hajiya Fatima Aminu Danmaliki pointed out that decision making is an area where women fall victims due to traditional norms and values decrying that women and girls are always left out in decisions that affect them directly ‘hence fall victims of abuse’.
She promised that the four organizations would work as a network across the state to ensure women have a voice in decision making and add positively to the growth of the community.