Stakeholders Frown At Persistent Violence Against Girl-Child

Gender-based activists in Delta State have described violence against women and girls as the most widespread and persistent human rights violations, with only a handful of cases reported due to impunity, silence and stigma.

They stated this at a One Day Sensitization Workshop on Rape and Gender-based Sexual Violence, held at the headquarters of the Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Asaba.

The Commissioner Mrs. Jane Adebayo represented by an Assistant Director Mrs. Jane Adebayo, noted the ministry has fully adopted the 2020 Violence against Persons Prohibition law, which has been domesticated in the state, with a view to safeguarding the wellbeing and development of the vulnerable group.

Mrs. Alatan said other measures at combating gender based violence by the ministry includes the implementation of the state Women Empowerment Skills Acquisition Program, aimed at equipping the folk with needed skills to become self-sufficient.

The Executive Director Concern for Peace and Society Survival, Uchay Onwumah, observed that the lives of women and girls are at risk, as some victims have lost their lives to rape, while calling for a collective commitment to increasing awareness campaigns against the menace.

The occasion which drew participants from the media, civil society organizations and public establishments was held with the theme: Speak Out; Speak Out Loud Enough to be Heard.

Oghenero Eghweree

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