Muhammad Abdullahi, Chief of Staff to Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has disclosed that 73 per cent of women in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state said that it is okay for men to beat women.
According to Daily Trust, Abdullahi made the disclosure at the official launch of the 2021 State of the World Population Report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNDP), in collaboration with the Planning and Budget Commission (PBC) in Kaduna.
The chief of staff to the governor noted that the findings were based on the current General Households Survey conducted by the state Bureau of Statistics, and currently being validated by relevant stakeholders.
He explained that the survey also showed that over 30 per cent of girls in Kubau and Kudan local government areas were married off before they turn 15 years, while 38 per cent of girls in Soba local government got married before the age of 15.
He further gave the breakdown at the zonal level, saying over 32 per cent of girls were married off before age 15 in Kaduna North Senatorial Zone, 15 per cent in Kaduna central and 17 per cent in Kaduna south.
According to him, the survey equally showed 49 per cent prevalence of female genital mutilation in Makarfi local government, and 34 per cent in Giwa local government.
“Therefore, for us in Kaduna State the 2021 State of the World Population Report is timely and will help us look deeply into these disturbing statistics.
“The relevant ministries, departments and agencies, particularly the Ministry of Health, Human Services and Social Development and PBC will study the report closely and provide a clear implementation plan for some of the recommendations,” he said.
The UNFPA Country Representative, Ulla Muellar, who was represented by the Deputy Representative, Erika Godson, said it was the first time the report focused on bodily autonomy, which gives women power to make choices about their body without fear of violence or having someone else decide for them.
She added that women and girls need to be able to make fundamental choices about their bodies, gain their autonomy and advance in their health education, income and safety.