How poverty worsens the violation of rights, violence against women – CNDH, group

the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and a group, My Take Initiative, have drawn a link between poverty and the escalation of rights violations and violence against women. They established the link at a meeting of the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization Committee on the Status of Women (UN NGOCSW) in Abuja on Friday. The event labeled ‘interconnection between poverty and other social ills, in the context of climate change’, was the 66th UN commission on the status of women. CNDH Executive Secretary Tony Ojukwu, who was represented by his special adviser on human rights Hilary Ogbonna, said Nigeria was among the top three countries with the highest number of poor people. He noted that the notion of human rights is based on dignity, adding that poverty is an attack on that dignity. “Where there is poverty, there is no dignity and where there is no dignity, there are no human rights,” he said. He added that poverty is usually caused by the violation of human rights, most of which are caused by the government. “All the human resources that are supposed to empower people are not accessible or within fundamental human rights. The privatization of basic services is another factor that deepens poverty,” she added. She also noted that when people are out of work, especially women, they sometimes have no choice but to prostitute themselves with their bodies just to survive, and end up worse off as a result. “These women, if they are arrested, face rape and other violations while in detention because prostitution is a crime in Nigeria,” said Mr. Ojukwu. Mr. Ojukwu cited the UN guidelines on poverty eradication in highlighting solutions to problems. He said the poverty eradication program must include coherent policies and the “constitutionalization of social and economic rights,” among other steps. It added that States must guarantee that the facilities, goods, and services necessary for the enjoyment of human rights are accessible, adaptable, affordable, and of good quality. He said that Nigeria’s main objective to eradicate poverty is the implementation of an anti-poverty strategy that recognizes the international development goal to which Nigeria has already subscribed. Poverty and violence against women My Take Initiative Executive Director Rosemary Chikwendu said her organization’s research into violence against women and children showed that injustices committed against women are interconnected with poverty and other social ills. “Women find it difficult to leave abusive relationships or marriages for fear of poverty and the sole responsibility of caring for their children,” said Ms. Chikwendu. She added that most women depend on farming and ranching for their livelihoods, but climate change is now leaving them with little or no means of livelihood. READ ALSO: INTERVIEW: How we are addressing gender-based sexual violence – CNDH She also pointed out that poverty is what makes a woman return to an abusive husband. “It’s what makes a woman accept a settlement instead of seeking justice, and it’s what hinders women’s participation in politics.” She said her organization had empowered people living with disabilities and recently helped 20 internally displaced women with wheelchairs to mark International Women’s Day. “We provide wheelchairs to some internally displaced women. We are planning to provide 100 wheelchairs for 100 women, 100 white canes for visually impaired students,” added Ms. Chikwendu. Keynote speaker Joy Ezeilo, a law professor, who joined virtually, said poverty “is both a cause and a consequence of violence against women,” adding that climate change has further exposed women to violence. violence as they try to survive through farming and other domestic work. Agricultural practices. Other speakers at the event included the president of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Amina Agbaje, and the American professor of law specializing in mediation, Luz Ortis-Nagle. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; How poverty worsens the violation of rights, violence against women – CNDH, group