Urgent Call to Protect Vulnerable Women: Activist Advocates For Evacuation of Mentally Ill from Streets Amidst Heightened Risk of Assaults and Ritual Crimes


Zakari Isah, Kaduna

A human rights activist has Advocated for the evacuation of the mentally ill from the streets, amidst heightened risk of assaults and ritual crimes.

The Activist and Peace Ambassador, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, who made the call on Friday said, the protection of mentally ill women who roam the streets is an obligation to safeguard them from rapists and ritualists.

She also urged authorities to evacuate these women and provide them with access to psychosocial support.

Ramatu, who runs the Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria, emphasized that mentally ill women have the same right to protection as all other citizens.

Tijjani called upon both the Federal and state governments to take action and evacuate all mentally ill women from the streets and provide them with psychiatric treatment.

During her visit to some of the places where these women stayed in Kaduna, she expressed concern that mental illness often leads to the deprivation of women’s basic human and civic rights.
She highlighted that they are frequently abused, and subjected to rape, sexual assaults, and physical violence.

Furthermore, she pointed out that the mental health of women is impacted by the trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, vulnerability, stigma, and victimization they experience. Their difficult circumstances, such as poverty, low education, low income, and challenging family and marital relationships, make them more susceptible to mental disorders.

Ramatu also lamented the plight of mentally ill women with children born from the rapes they suffer on the streets. She called on NGOs, civil societies, corporate bodies, and religious leaders to collaborate on initiatives that promote mental health through mainstream health promotion activities.

She proposed the establishment of preventive mental health programs as an essential part of care for those at risk of mental health problems. Educating citizens on the issue was crucial to generating new ideas that would lead to better mental health outcomes.

Ramatu emphasized that addressing the stigma associated with mental illness and mental health problems would contribute to creating a compassionate society that promotes social justice, equity, and access to the rights of persons with mental illness.

Post a Comment