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Ambode’s wife, deputy governor caution against domestic violence, others

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Lagos State Deputy Governor, Idiat Oluranti Adebule (left); wife of the governor and convener, Lagos Women Forum, Bolanle Ambode; former first Lady, Abimbola Jakande; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), Adejoke Adefulire; and Head of Service, Folashade Adesoye, at a forum with the theme: Woman Your Health, Your Social Environment in Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN

Wife of the Lagos State governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode and Deputy Governor, Oluranti Adebule, yesterday charged women to pay attention to their health and speak out against social vices like domestic violence, child abuse and rape.

They stated this in Lagos at an event organised by Mrs. Ambode to address issues about women’s health and recurring social vices in society.

The governor’s wife, who noted that good health was a prerequisite for life, including good attention to children, family, business and political activities, stressed that without good health, nothing meaningful could be achieved.

Condemning the prevalence of social vices in the society, she pleaded with women to condemn domestic violence, child abuse, rape and teenage pregnancy.

Describing any form of violence against women as barbaric and unacceptable, she urged women to seek to know their rights under the law and be vocal in their own cause.

Also speaking, Adebule stated that the forum provided a platform where women could engage in sustainable discourse to increase their knowledge and enhance their awareness on health and wellbeing.

She said it was unfortunate that 23 years after countries signed pacts in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, women still faced many health-and social problems, saying there was the need for a renewed commitment to address them.

She urged Lagos women to embrace sustainable advocacy and take conscious action on their health and how they were treated in the society at large.

Speaking on: Be The Voice Against Child Abuse And Teenage Pregnancy, Mrs. Modupeola Adebambo, of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, said children who were sexually abused tended to be more sexually active and exposed to teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and addiction to alcohol, among others.


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