The Women Rights Advancement Protection Alternative (WRAPA), a non-governmental Organisation, is battle ready to declare total war against Violence Against Women And Girls (VAWG).,
As the NGO has appointed another body “Women of Resilience”, that will be closer to the grass root and relate to any woman or girl that is reported to have suffered one form of violence or the other.
The program Officer of WRAPA, plateau state chapter, Mrs. Ruth Agbo who speaks with the journalist at the occasion stated that the aim of launching the “Women of Resilience” are among other reasons to identify and respond to “VAWG” cases in the community, to monitor and document incidence report and intervention in communities and visit families to increase awareness, strengthen trust and provide access to survivors.
Other reasons for the launching of Women of Resilience according to Ruth Agbo, also include stepping down VAWG knowledge and response learnings to women groups, thereby filling in the gaps in formal support for survivors whose option is limited to self-driven coping strategies.
She urged women that are suffering one form of violence or the other but are afraid to speak out, to raise alarm for help.
However, condemned in most cases when some women and girls are not willing to speak out because of fear of societal stigmatization.
Earlier in her remarks, WRAPA Senior projects Officer, Dinma Nwaye said the reason for the launching of the “Women of Resilience”, started as far back as 2020 which has taken her around different states of the federation to appeal to Community leaders to consider the plight of women and help to abrogate laws that are inimical to Violence Against Women And Girls.
She further stressed that the Women of Resilience have been trained to attend to women and girls who have been violated, adding that the same program is ongoing in Minna, Kastina, and Jigawa states.
Mrs. Dinma appealed to the women and girls not to bottled their problems with them when they needed help “If you see something, say something”.she maintained.
Appealed to the community leaders in attendance, to be patient with them because they will come calling occasionally when the need be.
Governor Bako Lalong represented by the Commissioner of Special Duties Irimyi Warr applauded WRAPA for the program as it help to curb the incessant violation of women and girls in many communities.
He stressed that Governor Lalong is not unaware of the harrowing experience the women and girls are going through in the hands of their violator which informed the initiation of relevant bills that has currently been assented to by Governor Simon.
He further added that when the law is fully operational, any person that violates Women and Girls will be dealt with according to the law.