NHRC, NAOWA Strategise For Improved Partnership

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reiterated its commitment to improve on the existing partnership with the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) to make more impact on the humanitarian needs of the vulnerable groups in the society.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu (SAN) who stated this in Abuja when he received a delegation of NAOWA led by its President, Hajia Salamatu Farouk Yahaya MCIPM observed that wives of Army Officers have a crucial role to play in supporting their spouses to succeed in defending the territorial integrity of our dear country.

According to the Chief Human Rights Officer in Nigeria, the Commission cannot do the work of human rights alone, it needs the collaboration and support of individuals, institutions, and bodies like NAOWA to make more impact in the lives of citizens, particularly the less privileged and vulnerable groups.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria commended the leadership of NAOWA and the members for the already existing partnership with the Commission, saying that any intervention made by NAOWA, especially in the area of providing assistance to victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), will lighten the workload of the Commission as far as SGBV is concerned.

The NHRC Boss stated that available records in the Commission have shown that lack of empowerment usually triggers most cases of SGBV, adding that since NAOWA is disposed to rendering humanitarian assistance to indigent women and victims of SGBV.

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