Activists brainstorm on gender-based violence in South-East
Participants and stake holders drawn from the five Southern States of Abia, Anambra, Ebony, Enugu and Imo States converged at Owerri on Tuesday 17th January 2017 to brainstorm on gender based violence.
The activists operating under the platform of a Non-governmental Organization “Rural Women Action Centre (RUWAC) in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Nigeria, canvassed for views from the participants and resource persons on creation of awareness of the dehumanizing gender based violence with a view to curtailing its spread. The theme of the seminar was: “Institutionalization of e-based reporting of Gender Based Violence for prevention and impact mitigation in South Eastern Nigeria.”
In her contribution, Mrs Enyinnaya Nnenna, Facilitator of RUWAC said that as a veritable means of curtailing the debilitating anti – social malaise, is sustained efforts in sensitization, indoctrinating and highlighting the problem through institutionalization of channels of communication for incidentings reports on violations.
She observed that gender based violence has reached endemic including relates to verbal, emotional spiritual, physical, psychological, cultural and financial violations in families. Other forms of violence are – sexual abuse, isolation, threats etc. RUWAC engaged critical stake holders drawn from the police, ministry of women affairs ,Religious institutions, community based groups, youths and women, people with disability, the media, traditional leaders in a stake holders forum to strengthen roles, train social educators in the five south Easthern states of Nigeria. The issues of intra – gender based violence were also discussed.
In her opening remarks, Ugoeze Barr. Prisca Okoronkwo, the Executive Director of the organization, while welcoming the participants to the two day event observed that there is unacceptable high level of gender based violence perpetrated at various levels including the family, the society by both males and females as well as by the government at both state and federal levels that have failed to domesticate and implement the existing instruments that are pro – gender.
A keynote address was presented by Lady Olachi Chuks Ronnie, DFID Regional coordinator for South / South and South East.
The Imo State Police Commission, Taiwo Lakanu was represented at the seminar by sup. M. O. D Aniegbulam Asp Ezeudeogu Ifeyinwa DPPRO, Imo State command, Ben Chiji Ugoeze Barr. Prisca Okonkwo, Mr. Ngoku Austin and Mrs Annastecia Jerome Kelechi among others.