Let’s break the conspiracy of silence in SGBV victims – UNFPA Executive Director

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Gender violence

Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director and UN-Under Secretary General, has called on the global community to break the conspiracy of silence among victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) for their rehabilitation and integration into society.

She said both females and males victims suffered the conspiracy of silence because of the fear of being verbally, physically or spiritually attacked if they opened up to seek for justice.

She made the call at a news conference organised in Abuja, Nigeria as part of efforts to observe this year’s “16-days of activism against gender-based violence”.

The theme for the observation is, “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now”.

Dr. Kanem said: “No one should be forced to remain silent in situations that can be life threatening and gender-based violence is one of such situations.

“It’s important for a girl to be appreciative of her full human rights. The principle we stand on as UNFPA is human rights, dignity, wellness and well-being and respect for the individual.

“I appeal to us all not to blame victims, regardless of what they could be wearing, and the time of the night when they were abused, they are not to be abused.”

The Executive Director asked African countries to bear in mind that” every life matters every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth should be safe and that it should be a continent where every young girl’s potential is fulfilled. “

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