Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society (NASFAT) has launched a week-long campaign on “Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.”
NASFAT in collaboration with UNICEF, under EU-UN spotlight initiative launched the campaign at a press conference held at NASFAT Islamic Centre, Utako District, Abuja, Wednesday.
NASFAT President who was represented by National Women Affairs Secretary Alhaja Suwebat Kupolati stated that the campaign is to send strong message to the world that the epidemic of violence against women and girls needs to end.
“Many children especially girls are exposed to gender based violence and harmful practices, including female genital mutilation, female infanticide and child marriage.
As Muslims we understand that violence and force used, as a tool of control in the home is oppression and not accepted in Islam.”
She added that the religion of Islam encourages good treatment, concern and care of women and children.
“Our message to all is that abusers and violators of women and girl swill no longer go unpunished as all efforts will be made to bring justice to victims of domestic violence.”
She pointed out that helplines have already been released in some states to support the existing security communication channels to stop this trend. However, FCT, Ebonyi and Sokoto states helplines will be released before the end of the month.
The Zonal missioner Imam Sharafadeen Aliagan noted that Islam stands for justice and equity. Therefore, anything that has to do with harm is not supported by Islam.
The project coordinator Aisha A. Umar stated that the spotlight initiative was initiated by the European Union and United Nations to increase the sensitisation at grassroots and communities on ending violence against women and girls.
The spotlight initiative is Implemented in 5+1focused states—Adamawa, Cross River, Ebonyi, FCT, Lagos and Sokoto states through interventions at federal, state and community levels to have a Nigeria where women and girls particularly the most vulnerable live a life free from violence and harmful practices.