Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) under the European Union and United Nations (EU-UN) Spotlight Initiative have commenced a weeklong advocacy campaign to end violence against women and the girl-child in Adamawa State.
President of CCN, Rev Benebo Fubara-Manuel, who opened the weeklong event in Yola, said a code of conduct document would be developed for churches to key into.
He said henceforth, churches would no longer provide cover for parents involved in child abuse to serve as a deterrent to others.
“We challenge the patriarchal systems long embedded into the fabric of the faith, confessions of our historic Churches and reject every ‘godly’ blessing hitherto given to violence against women and girls.
“We recognise that violence has taken an aggressive form in many facets of our society in recent times due to the increasing rate of unemployment of many young people, the poverty of many homes exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the inter-tribal and communal clashes in many regions of the country, the menace of kidnapping and mindless brutalisation and killings by some armed groups,” he said.
In his remarks, Anglican Archbishop Jos province, Rev Markus Amfani, urged government to rise up in defence of the people.
“We have all it takes to secure the country and to end all forms of violence”, he added.