The National Council of Women Societies on Tuesday renewed its call for tougher penalty for rape and all forms of violence against women.
The National President of the council, Mrs Nkechi Mba, made the call in Birnin Kebbi while fielding questions from newsmen. She said that the council would remain resolute in the campaign for protection of women against violence and other forms of maltreatment.
Mba said the council would not relent in ensuring that the bill for the protection of women was passed by the National Assembly and domesticated in the states.
“Our activities include securing legislation for the protection of women against violence, and we will promote and empower women to seek elective positions,’’ she said.
Apart from supporting women in politics and encouraging others to join, she said that the council assisted the less-privileged and widows, and forge unity so Nigerian women could speak with one voice. The president said the council always ensured that all cases of rape brought to its notice were referred to Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative, an affiliate of the council, for justice.
Mba was in Kebbi to inaugurate the new executive committee of the council in the state.
She called on the new leadership of the body in the state to promote the well-being of women and support them to engage in agricultural activities, especially through government programmes.