Stakeholders advocate elimination of gender-based violence
Concerned groups have appealed to governments to implement and strengthen agencies handling the protection of child rights and elimination of gender-based violence.
The collaborating groups include the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Speaking Fingers Network, Global Unarmed Tactical Self-Defence Association and Epe Community.
Convener, Mrs.Treasure Uchegbu of Speaking Fingers Life Work Ready programme for deaf teens, said research has it that one out of every three women has experienced one form of gender-based violence or the other, which was more alarming during the pandemic.
She lamented that children, teens and women are the worst hit.
She said children should be protected from toxic families and the environment as well as be protected, nurtured and groomed in a safe environment or home.
Uchegbu advised women who are facing domestic violence to speak up so they can be helped with relevant information, capacity and training, through the unarmed tactical self-defence training offered by the group.
According to her, self-defence is a proactive actionable tool for curbing the menace of physical attacks, assaults and violence faced by women especially girls and women with disabilities, who are often more vulnerable.
The women were also empowered with financial capability, financial literacy skills, empowerment intervention through platforms and partnership with SheCanWithICT where the women are trained to build websites, create video for digital marketing, research and productivity tools to sustain their enterprise, career and network.
Uchegbu added that no woman should be left behind, “If we consistently build a network of helping one another for a better society. We need the multi-sectoral approach to solve developmental challenges, using collective responsibility by all stakeholders to nurture and protect children and girls against toxic relationships,” she said.
Segun lgbinedion of Grandmaster Global Unarmed Tactical self-Defence Association, said empowering girls, women and children with self-defence skills are necessary to curtail all forms of domestic violence.
“Our team will continue with programmes like drills, tours across the schools, state and nation, orientating women and communities on the value of self-defence to prevent emotional pains and untimely deaths,” she said.
lgbinedion urged the media to project the voices and issues of girls and women to reduce Gender Based Violence in society.