Women Affairs Minister Pauline Tallen has decried the increasing cases of rape and other forms of violence against the girl-child by their fathers and other members of the society.
The minister spoke at the state of the Nigerian Girls Summit (SONGS) in Abuja in commemoration of the 2022 International Day of the Girl-Child (IDGC). The IDGC is commemorated every October 11 to celebrate the importance, power, and potentials of adolescent girls around the world, as set aside by United Nations (UN).
Mrs. Tallen said the ministry receives everyday reported cases of rape and other forms of violence against girls and children, particularly the girl-child.
“Some of these girls are dying in silence and we must do everything possible to identify and address some of these problems by getting closer to them.
“We receive in the ministry on a daily basis, and I am sure commissioners can testify at the state level, cases where fathers rape their daughters.
“It is very sad, it is an abomination. It is unacceptable. But in case it happens, please, girls, speak out more,” she said.
The minister encouraged survivors of any form of violence to always speak out to ensure that justice is served and the perpetrators prosecuted.