The National Association Of Women Judges of Nigeria has decry the prevalence of domestic violence, increase practice of genital mutilation and challenges of widows in the society.
President of the Association Justice Jummai Sankey made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Maiduguri to commemorate the International Day of Women Judges.
The statement also seeks provision of shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault especially of young girls, establishment of half-way houses for youths in conflict to give opportunity for effective rehabilitation of the victims.
The United Nations General Assembly in 2021 adopted Resolution 75/274 designating 10th March as the International Day of Women Judges.
The Resolution requests Member States and all relevant stakeholders to observe the day, including through education and public awareness, in order to promote the full and equal participation of women at all levels of the judiciary.
The Resolution reaffirms that the active participation of women, on equal terms with men, at all levels of decision-making is essential to the achievement of equality, sustainable development, peace and democracy.
“It further reaffirms the commitment of Member States to develop and implement appropriate and effective national strategies and plans for the advancement of women in judicial justice systems and institutions at the leadership, managerial and other levels” the statement adds.
Justice Sankey call on all stakeholders including NGOs to assist in publicising these issues and offering their own contribution towards their resolution.