Abuja – The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, said over 11,000 rape cases had been recorded in Nigeria with only 33 culprits convicted.
The minister said 401 of the cases were fatal cases; while 592 close and 3,507 open.
She spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at the orange ceremony and lighting of the UN house, which took place in commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
She said harmful cultural stereotypes, failures of law enforcement to investigate rape cases, toxic misogyny and insufficient support for survivors had created a culture of silence and impunity that continued to fail hundreds of women and girls every year.
“Concrete actions have not been taken to tackle the rape crisis in Nigeria with the seriousness it deserves. Women and girls continue to be failed by a system that makes it increasingly difficult for survivors to get justice, while allowing perpetrators to get away with gross human rights violations,” she said.
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