France Ambassador Expresses Concern Over High Rate of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Nigeria

France Ambassador Expresses Concern Over High Rate of Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria

The Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann, expressed deep concern about the alarming prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) in Nigeria.

Speaking at a breakfast debate commemorating the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence at the French Institute of Nigeria in Abuja, Blatmann disclosed that a staggering 22% of women in Nigeria have been victims of such violence.

The event, observed annually from November 25 to December 10, serves as a platform for activists to address GBV.

The chosen theme for 2023 is “Investing to prevent violence against women and girls.”

Blatmann highlighted the historical focus on violence against women and emphasized the need for collective action, stating, “GBV is not a women’s subject but a subject that everyone must take up.” She underscored the broader impact of GBV, citing the International Monetary Fund’s estimate of the global cost of violence against women at $1.5 trillion.

The ambassador acknowledged that men can also be victims of gender-based violence, citing societal expectations and stereotypes around masculinity that may hinder reporting or seeking help.

During the debate, panelists called for the establishment of more support centers across the country to address gender-based violence.

Michael Adeniji, Program Director of the Child Protect Network and a panelist at the event, stressed the importance of significant investment in programs empowering women financially, asserting that financial empowerment is crucial for women to compete favourably in society.

As discussions unfold, the spotlight remains on combating gender-based violence and fostering a society where everyone plays a role in ensuring the safety and well-being of all individuals.

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