..says leaving a woman behind and travel abroad for years is a violence against women
In a bid to end Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria, reputable organisations and other stakeholders have been urged to take advocacy to the community level.
The Guest Lecturer, Mrs. Duni Ade Alao made this call during her presentation at a programme organised by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists ( NAWOJ) , B zone chapter to mark the 16 days Activism Against Gender-Based violence, held in Ibadan, Oyo state at the weekend.
Ade Alao who presented a paper tittled: “Curbing GBV in the Community”, expressed the need to give adequate training and empowerment to the women at the grassroots level as she attributed the major cause of GBV in the community to lack of exposure.
She said women should be financially independent and be empowered to break the chain of poverty which she termed very difficult.
According to her, it is very traumatic and a high rate of depression leaving a woman behind and travel abroad for years which she said is violence against the women.
She charged women to be closer and create time for their children as well as inculcating moral values in them.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion who was later awarded as the first Patron of “B” zone NAWOJ, Oloye Lekan Alabi the Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadan land, canvassed for an urgent end to all forms of violence against women.
He regretted that the country now finds itself in all sorts of evils like violence, kidnapping, robbery and majority of others.
In her welcome speech, the Vice President of NAWOJ B zone chapter, Mrs Omobola Akingbehin stressed the need to end any form of violence, saying more efforts would be intensified to ensure that the menace is ended in the community and the state at large.
The occasion which witnessed recognition of the contribution of former Vice presidents within the zone including the immediate past President, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole, was well attended by states within the southwest of Nigeria.
Fatima Jimoh writes from Ibadan