In their quest to speak out and put an end to all forms of violence against women in the society, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Plateau State Chapter has embark on an awareness campaign to some major streets in Jos North local government area of the state.
The campaign which is expected to hold for 3days, is part of activities marking 16 days activism of United Nations Women on Gender Based Violence.
The women in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, Nasarawa Gwong Division and other partners converged at the Nasarawa Gwong Police Station to kick start the walk as supported by band boys and the Divisional Police Officer of the station, DPO, Musa Hassan leading them. They were also in company of other officers and the Plateau state local security outfit, Operation Rainbow and members of the Red Cross Society.
The team also had some concerned women from Rikkos community, carrying placards and chanting “no to rape” both in Hausa and English, the women also distributed flyers with inscriptions such as “End all forms of Violence against women, Respect women dignity, Rapists are Murderers” among others.
The walk terminated at Rikkos Community Development School, where the NAWOJ and Police addressed the community leaders and women on the need to expose perpetrators of all forms of Gender Based Violence in their community.
Plateau State NAWOJ Chairman, Mrs. Jennifer Yerima, informed the women that NAWOJ is working for their good hence, they should support them by not shielding the perpetrators.
She said some women are afraid of speaking out to preserve their marriages or fear of threats from the perpetrators, but assured them that NAWOJ is there for them to protect them as she narrated some cases they had and are still handling with the support of the Police.
The Divisional Police Officer of Nasarawa Gwong, DPO, Musa Hassan also reminded them that their work is to ensure security for all, but the people must cooperate by giving them information to serve them better.
He said they have a marching order from the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, CP Ebuka Edward to be proactive in ensuring that communities get rid of crime and for them, they have identified high rate of rape within Rikkos community hence, the need to synergize with the Women Journalists to create the awareness.
He assured them of professional conduct in handling whatever report of crime gets to them with fairness.
The Rikkos women were later given room to interface, women to women with the female journalists in order to open up whatever Gender Based Violence cases they have so as to address it properly.
The Chairman, Rikkos Community Development, Alh. Muhammadu Alma’u, appreciated the NAWOJ for taking the bold step to addressing concerns of the community and also thanked the Police which he said are doing a great job in their area urging cooperation from the people.