The Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), has tasked media practitioners to be committed in the reportage of acts of gender-based violence because of their role as conscience of the society.
Secretary General of the organization, Hajiya Saudatu Mahdi, made the appeal in Kaduna on Wednesday while declaring open, a workshop to sensitize journalists on reporting protocol to engender zero tolerance on violence against women.
She noted that as conscience of the society, media practitioners should live their roles as advocates for good governance and serve as a voice for the voiceless saying, “you are the mouth and conscience of the society; a society that decides to ignore a disease will only end up being consumed by that disease.
“Everybody deserves the right to human dignity. When you are violated your rights to human dignity is compromised. Violence against women has many forms and we are all stakeholders in the fight to resist it.
“We must admit and make a resolve that it cannot continue. We are concerned about the humanity of persons, not just women. Human dignity is God-given and must not be taken away for any reason by anybody wether husband, father, brother, tenant or landlord, it is something that God gave to us when he made us human beings.
“It is so important that that dignity is protected, that dignity is recognized and that dignity is responded to when it is violated. There is no justification or rationality for violence against women or persons because human dignity is not negotiable”
WRAPA is implementing a Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), project “HAKI MKONONI: a Regional legal Empowerment Programme for Women’s Rights in Kaduna and Plateau State, aimed at increasing and amplifying the demand for domestication of Women’s Protocol using the instruments of the Gender and Equal Opportunities (GEO) Bill and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act in the two states.