By Fasilat Lawal
Discussants at a day symposium on ways to end gender-based violence, GBV, say strong collaboration among stakeholders is required to tackle the problem.
The event organized by Nigeria Association Of Women Journalists NAWOJ Oyo State Chapter in Collaboration with Women in Media and sponsored by Voice of Women Foundation was to mark the 16 Days Activism to Ending Gender-Based Violence held at International Institute of Church and Societies, Samonda, Ibadan.
The panel of discussants, which included The Reverend Kolade Fadahunsi, Dr Kunle Awotiku and Hajya Sururat Oyero explained that women faced a lot of disorders resulting from Gender Base Violence which affects their productivity.
They called for more collaboration among stakeholders to change the narrative.
Speaking on the theme,’ Invest to Prevent Violence among Women and Girl Child’ ‘, Chairperson of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, Chief Dotun Olaitan, who was represented by Mrs Lola Osamyin called on the government to invest in educating the girl child’, empower women, support the violated ones and seek justice for them.
Earlier, in an address of welcome, the Chairperson of NAWOJ, Oyo Chapter, Mrs Jadesola Ajibola, who noted that Gender Violence was not peculiar to Female Gender, pointed out that some men also suffer violence from their wives.
Mrs Ajibola explained that to curb the menace, there was a need for continuous sensitization of the public, and that affected people should speak out to be free from violence that could result in depression and death.
In a goodwill message, a nongovernmental organization, Voice of Women Empowerment Foundation, represented by an assistant director in Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Ibadan, Mrs Morenike Tony-Esan, expressed support for efforts being made to address gender issues in the country.
Other women’s associations in Oyo State were also present at the occasion.