25 November has been designed as the Orange Day by the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign.
This day does not only increase awareness amongst us against violence but it also helps us to take initiatives to stop the violence.
Government has been under pressure to address the extent of gender-based violence in the country.
To commemorate the occasion below is President Muhammadu Buhari's goodwill message highlighting measures that governments at various levels are putting in place to curb sexual and gender-based violence which has increased due to the lockdown measures introduced to check the COVID-19 pandemic.
Editor's note: November 25 marks the commencement of a global campaign - 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls.
Gender-based violence services including psycho-social support, specialized health services and safe shelters, are lifesaving and must be maintained as essential during COVID-19 lockdowns. National and local responses vary in focus and quality, and consequently, too many women and girls lack access to potentially life-saving support while services are stretched and operating under hard conditions.
He further mentioned that legal aid advocates, with all necessary training, is offered to victims of domestic and gender-based violence through a 24/7 legal service launched last April.
Addressing gender-based violence requires a concerted response involving national authorities, humanitarian partners, civil society and forcibly displaced women, girls, men and boys themselves. The event will count on the participation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, representatives from UN Member States, Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem. On this occasion, I invite everyone to participate in the campaign and show your solidarity.
That government ratifies the ILO C'190 to ensure women and girls are protected from harassment and sexual exploitation in the world of work; and that CSO actors continue to hold the government accountable and bring attention to gender-based violence especially in the world of work, women's unpaid care and domestic work, and the impacts on the realization of women's rights to decent work, social protection, and public services. In the Central African Republic, where a quarter of the population is displaced, one gender-based violence incident is recorded every hour, an estimate based on figures from the humanitarian alert system, which covers 42 per cent of the country.