Abakaliki - Human Rights and Conflict
Resolution Centre (HRCRC) Abakaliki, says it treated 142 cases of violence against women and
children in Ebonyi, between January and August 2015.
Mr John Istifanus, HRCRC, Director of social organisation who spoke with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, decried the increasing rate of rights’
“It is regrettable that families of these victims prefer to remain silent on
the issue to avoid stigmatizations, and this development is seriously
endangering societal value and norms,’’ he noted.
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Istifanus said that the centre would embark on enlightenment programme to
enable the public, especially the rural populace to understand the best way to
“We will embark on a pilot programme to enhance the rights
of children as regard hard labour and violence, as well as create awareness of
“People should report this ugly trend to our centre and the law enforcement
agencies for appropriate action as this will help protect women and children in
our society,” Istifanus said.
He said that the centre had set up active groups in some communities and local
government areas, adding that members of the groups were trained on various
The director said that the trainees would be empowered to enable them reach out
to people at the grassroots.