No religion supports violence against women and girls – Clerics

The clerics said the culture of violence against women and girls is foreign to the two dominant religions of Islam and Christianity.

The clerics, who spoke at a one-day national dialogue with 100 interfaith and cultural leaders held in Kano on Tuesday, also galvanized commitment to move from rhetoric to action to tackle the threat.

The dialogue was organized by the Center for Islamic Civilization and Interreligious Dialogue at Bayero University in Kano (CICID) and the Alternative for the Advancement and Protection of Women’s Rights (WRAPA).

Kano Ulama Forum leader Bashir Adamu Aliyu said, “Islam and Christianity both teach us to be just, fair and benevolent in our interactions. Unfortunately, we left that.

Similarly, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), FCT Section, Rev. Istifanus Koce said, “In Christianity, from the beginning, women have to be protected by men. Any other teaching contrary to this is against the Bible and against Christianity.

Earlier, the founder of PRAWA and former First Lady of Nigeria, Justice Fati Lami Abubakar, said that the organization in its more than 22 years has launched campaigns to combat violence against women. while helping its survivors access justice directly or indirectly through advocacy for legal reform.

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