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Groups empower women to eliminate domestic violence

By Cleopatra Eki
04 January 2022   |   2:44 am
Thirty women have been trained in the act of self-confidence, self-defence and self-reliance in a bid to curtail all forms of violence against women.

Thirty women have been trained in the act of self-confidence, self-defence and self-reliance in a bid to curtail all forms of violence against women.
        
As part of events to mark the 2021 International Day for the elimination of violence against women organized by Global Unarmed Tactical Self Defence Association (GUTS- DA) in collaboration with Chungdokwan Taekwondo Pioneers Nigeria Foundation (NCTF’72) in Lagos, Amaka Chibuzo-Obi, Chief Executive Officer, Wivesroundtable and Confidence coach emphasized that violence against women is one of the most widely spread, persistent, and devastating human rights violation in today’s world.

    
She pointed that studies have shown that, at least, one out of three women have suffered violence or abuse in their lives and this abuse can come in different shapes, styles and forms.
    
Citing the declaration by UN General Assembly, she said violence against women is any act that results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women.
     
She added that the goal of the 16 days of global activism is not only to raise awareness of the menace against women but also to put a stop to the enduring violation.
    
She stated that in connection with this year’s campaign, the United Nations (UN) stresses that gender-based violence against women is not inevitable and that there are effective means of preventing and stopping it, one of which is to create awareness and also impart the female gender in our communities with self-defence skills.
    
Amaka Chibuzo-Obi said there are indications that women who participate in self-defence training are less likely to experience violence or assault and when faced with such, are more confident in their ability to resist these assaults, than others who haven’t learnt the skill.       
 
Earlier, Grandmaster Sunday Igbinedion, in his keynote address, disclosed that the programme seeks to join the rest of the world to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women campaign.
    
He added that it was equally intended to impart skills of cognitive and physical self-defence in women for self-protection and reliance.
    
Among the speakers were Mrs Hannah Marsh- Solade, host and President Fitness & Kickers Taekwondo Academy, Mrs Amaka Obi, CEO Wivesroundtable (WRT) represented by Mr Wilson Emadomi, WAZOBIA FM and Grandmaster Sunday Igbinedion President GUTS-DA (NIG)/NCTF’72.

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