The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), on Saturday, inducted Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Dutse, Abuja, into the Hall of Fame of the agency.
The agency, in its drive to further stem human trafficking in the country, also inaugurated “Anti-Human Trafficking and Violence Against Persons Vanguard (A-TIPVAP)”Club in the school.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the induction, which was done with the support of Ford Foundation, an NGO, was part of activities to commemorate the 2023 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based-Violence (GBV).
NAN also reports that the theme of the 2023 activism is “Unite! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi, while educating students of the school, said the 16 days activism against GBV is an international campaign that takes place every year.
Represented by Dr Ebele Ulasi, NAPTIP’s Director of Public Enlightenment, Waziri-Azi said that the activism commences on Nov. 25, the International Day Against Elimination of Violence Against the female folks and terminate on Dec. 10, the International Human Rights Day.
She added that “the purpose of the activism is to eliminate violence against women and girls.
“The activism days running through to the Human Rights Day is an indication that violence against women and girls is a pervasive breach of human rights worldwide.
“This initiative was originated by activists at the inaugural Women Global Leadership Institute in 1991 as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), 2023 marks the 32 anniversaries.”
The D-G encouraged the students to be good ambassadors against SGBV wherever they found themselves.
The principal of the school, Mrs Fatima Mohammed, said the inauguration of the Vanguard Club against GBV would help to shape students’ knowledge more.
According to her, the inauguration of the vanguard against GBV is going to affect the school positively because it is on the enlightenment side and that the girl-child is going to understand that she has the right to voice out any GBV incidence.
Mohammed stated that “the students are bold, they are fearless and along with the NAPTIP programme, will give them more strength to correct the anomalies in the society.
“Let us orient ourselves in doing what is right, what is good, we must understand that once these decimals are achieved, nothing will be wrong with us.
“NAPTIP, I want to say a very big thank you for the opportunity to tell my girls those things to understand about vulnerability.”
Miss Afolabi-Purity Osiafore, the Head Girl GGSS Dutse, said that the only way the government could help the female folks to fight GBV was to ensure that serious punishments are meted out on offenders.
She urged the government to empower women and the girls to enable them to harness their potential to full capacity.
Miss Justin-Peculiar Ndziviya, the Social Affairs Prefect, said that the inauguration of the vanguard club would help to enlighten the students the more.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria