Founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, WFA, Toyin Saraki, has canvassed for the fundamental rights of displaced women and girls currently living in internally displaced camps in the country.
Saraki made the plea at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, organised by CSIS Africa Programme in Washington DC, USA.
She said gender-based violence has plagued Nigeria and there is a desperate need for policymakers and the international community to invest in protecting women and girls in the camps and explore assistance for psycho-social counseling of displaced persons; largely situated in the North-East.
Thousands of girls and women have been victims of violence and kidnappings by Boko Haram and they need protection and security.
The WFA founder said there is need for the Government of Nigeria and international organisations to work together and reduce gender-based violence in the camps, adding that there ought to be a register of all missing persons nationally, while providing health integrated certifiable identities to displaced persons, so as to aid restoration of their constitutional human and citizenship rights.
Saraki commended the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in its ongoing efforts to ensure food security and safety for all in the camps.
“As a mother, it pains me to acknowledge that someone else’s daughter is not as safe as mine. I believe in equality and equity for all lives and I believe that no matter your personal circumstances or location, you should be able to live a safe and secure life. I hope that Nigeria can move forward and improve the status of our women and ensure their safety,” she said.