The Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun has reiterated her commitment to the fight against rape and gender based violence in the society.
Mrs. Abiodun made this known at a 2 day retreat organised by the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) in collaboration with the Ogun State Government for members of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Management Committee (VAPPMC) held at the Conference Hotel, Ijebu Ode.
Mrs. Abiodun who expressed dissatisfaction at the enormous increase in the number of cases of sexual assault, rape and murder of young girls and women in Ogun state and Nigeria as a whole said it was sad that Nigeria was on the list of countries considered unsafe for women according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
She stated that the responsibility of ensuring that the VAPP Law works effectively to produce the intended results in the fight against all forms sexual and gender based violence was not to be taken lightly by the Committee adding that it would do all possible to nip the menace in the bud.
“As Chairperson of this Committee, it gives me great pleasure to know that I am working along a devoted team who are resolute in delivering on their expectations with the dedication that is required for the task ahead.”
Mrs. Abiodun proposed a three-part approach to dealing with the issue of violence against persons, especially women and children to be Education and Social Protection, Emergency Response and Reporting as well as Law Enforcement which she said would be deliberated on at the retreat.
In her address, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Funmi Efuape said the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development had been collaborating with groups and non governmental organizations to campaign again gender based violence in the state.
She called on individuals and organizations to support in the fight against the menace and give support to violence victims in the society noting that the fight should be jointly fought.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Gbolahan Adeniran in his address enjoined the committee to embark on enlightenment of the general public on the consequences of gender based violence and present a policy document for purpose of legitimacy.