From CHARITY Uwakwe, Abia
A clarion call has been made to accord equal rights and opportunities to men, women and special persons in the various states across the Nigeria nation.
Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, wife of the Executive Governor of Abia state made this hearty call, Wednesday, at Michael Okpara Auditorium Umuahia, the state’s capital, during a one day Campaign against Gender based violence organised by the National council for Women society (NCWS), Abia State chapter in collaboration with VICAR hope foundation and Each-One-Aid foundation.
Speaking amidst agony, Abia First Lady implored the State house of Assembly to pass bills for Law that proscribes all repulsive widowhood practices, while urging civil society organisations and women’s support groups to continue to advocate for victims of such unpleasant acts,
In addition, she urged all political, religious and community leaders to help the women folk in their fight to eradicate all manner of ill-treatment meted out to women and children, stressing that this will help provide lasting solutions to the gender violence recorded on daily basis in the society, as she called for a bill for a law that would give equal rights and opportunities for men, women and special persons in the state
In her address, the president National Council of women societies Abia State chapter, Lady Eunice Nwaigwe described violence against women to include any act of Gender Abuse capable of causing physical, Sexual or psychological harm and sufferings to women which includes, threats of coercion and arbitrary deprivation of liberty occurring in both public and private life.
Addressing the women, she said: everyone is born and raised by a woman, adding “all that we are from the cradle owe more to the female gender. Moreso, we as women bear the burnt of violence against women and the girl child and should therefore be in the forefront of ensuring that this monster is not only tamed but totally eradicated especially with the upsurge of violence against women in recent times”.
She defined violence against women as any act of Gender based violence that results, in or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts as coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.
Lady Nwaigwe explained that the campaign was organised as a result of the notable cases of violence meted against women and the girl child in the recent times across the country, as she decried all violence meted out to the female folk such as marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non -spousal violence and violence related to exploitation.
Lady Nwaigwe posited that Gender-based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG), is not only a global pandemic, but is pervasive in the society such that in the 3 women is affected in their life time by violence
“for instance, 35% of women world wide have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non partner sexual violence, 70% of women globally have been sexually assaulted by someone other than their partner, while over two million (2,000 000) women have experienced genital mutilations/cuttings.