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As the world observes #16DaysofActivism to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women, the Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED) is calling on stakeholders in Nigeria to move beyond mere rhetoric and take concrete actions to address the pandemic of violence against women and girls. While civil society is working to raise awareness about how women can avoid becoming victims of aggressors, the Nigerian State must fulfill its responsibility to protect the lives of vulnerable and marginalized groups, particularly women. CHRICED has closely observed the plight of thousands of women who bear the brunt of violence, which violates their rights and prevents them from contributing meaningfully to national development. Despite CHRICED's and other CSOs' efforts, major challenges remain in getting justice for women whose rights have been violated. Law enforcement agencies are often unresponsive or subject victims of gender-based violence to further abuse, violating the Constitution's provisions for freedom, equality, and justice. CHRICED calls on government and governance actors to develop and implement policies and laws to end violence and discrimination against women in Nigeria.

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