BY SUNNY A. DAVID
The need to create more awareness on sexual rights for women, the girl child and to eliminate gender based violence in the society formed the core discussion at a one-day workshop organized by She Decides Nigeria in Awka.
She Decides Nigeria is a movement aimed at providing young people and women a platform to bare their minds on issues affecting them and to create a new normal where every woman and girl will be free to speak out and take decision without fear of molestation.
Speaking at the event , the convener, Mrs. Juliet Ifechukwu, who explained that violations against women are not limited to Nigeria but has become a global issue, frowned that silence from victims has led to daily increase of the menace.
Mrs. Ifechukwu while noting that the menace has led to low self-esteem, emotional and psychological trauma as well as death, advised those violated to always seek redress and called for abolishment of harmful traditional practices against women.
Baring their minds, some of the participants, including Mr. Obumneme Obidimma and Hajia Khadijat Olahan, attributed violence against women to indiscipline and intolerance and urged individuals, religious groups, governments at all levels to intensify enlightenment of people living in rural areas where the crime is committed more.
In separate reactions, Mr. Paschal Anyaelesim and Miss Chiamaka Apeh, who lamented growing state of impunity, urged security agencies to give more attention to the menace.
Contributing, Miss Grace Okolie harped on the need for families to train and build self confidence in their children, adding that secrecy and fear contributed to the increase of the ugly trend.
Present at the event was the Anambra State Health Educator, Mrs. Uju Onwuegbuzinam, who assured of the State government’s commitment to eliminating all forms of violence against women.