Inner Wheel celebrates International Day, urges more awareness on domestic abuse
Rotarian Rissy Taiwo-Bisiriyu has called for more awareness over domestic violence being suffered by Nigerian women. She made this call at the celebration of the 93rd Inner Wheel Day in Lagos during the week. Presenting her paper titled, “Recognise the pattern and seek help,” she said there are several types of abuse, which take different dimensions. She lamented that though the issue has been around for years, but not much is being done about it, despite several laws. Pointing out that implementation remains a problem in the country, she said the issue is not being adequately addressed, as many people willingly cover up abuse, while some don’t even know are being abused.
Saying available statistics show that Nigerian women are lagging far behind globally in terms of empowerment and financial freedom, she explained that medical abuse is an old form of abuse that is only gaining prominence. She defined medical abuse as any act that forces a woman to undertake any form of health risk because of a man’s selfish interest. She urged women to take urgent steps to emancipate themselves, not just in words but also in deeds.
Some women shared their experiences at the forum and many were moved to tears at some of the stories told. They urged parents to be extra protective of their children and wards, as abuse of children is now on the rise. They implored mothers to desist from allowing their female children stay or play with an unsupervised male, including their own fathers and urged them to build strong relationship of trust with their children.
President of the club, IWM Olasanya, said they did not intend rolling out drums, eating and drinking; rather, they wanted to give positively back to the society in line with their motto, ‘Touch A Heart’. To this end, they gave cash and gifts to five widows. They also presented scholarships and paid the school fees of several orphans selected from each club district. They pledged to continue to do this till the beneficiaries graduate from the university.
Earlier, they had presented cash and gifts to the first baby born that morning at the Isolo General Hospital. The baby, a boy, was named Oluyemisi Olasanya Akinbo after the international president and district 911 president respectively, Oluyemisi Alatise and Oluwemimo Olasanya.
The club president, IWM Oluwemimo Olasanya expressed delight at the auspicious anniversary of the club and said they were there to make the new mother and others happy.
Deputy Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Femi Adeyanju, as well as the Chief Matron, Iwundu were at the event. They urged other associations and well meaning Nigerians to emulate the kind gesture, as a lot of people need help currently in the country.