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As you may know, Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a pervasive global issue that disproportionately affects women and girls. It encompasses a wide range of harmful acts, including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, as well as threats and coercion.

In the spirit of solidarity, I earlier today joined in the orange walkathon held in the Federal Capital Territory, duly organised by the Senate Committee on Women Affairs, as a powerful symbol of solidarity against GBV. My involvement in this event underscores my commitment to addressing this critical issue and advocating for a world where women and girls can live free from fear and violence.

The vibrant orange color worn by participants symbolizes the hope and determination to eradicate GBV. It represents a collective movement towards a future where women and girls can fully enjoy their rights, participate equally in society, and live fulfilling lives.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, commemorated annually on November 25th, serves as a reminder of the urgent need to combat GBV. This day provides an opportunity to raise awareness, strengthen prevention efforts, and support survivors.

As most of us have actively participated in the orange walkathon, I urge all to demonstrate leadership and responsibilty in addressing GBV as we collectively create a safer and more equitable FCT, Nigeria and the world at large.

~ BLG (MS ACSS)

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