First Ladies seek ways to end gender violence as a social scourge through grassroot sensitisation.
The first Ladies of Anambra, Osun, Bayelsa, Taraba, Oyo and Enugu States have made a collective call against gender violence in the country.
The wife of the governor of Anambra State governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano alongside other governors wives, made the call at the 2021 Mother’s Summit in Awka, Anambra State. Mrs Obiano who spoke on ”Fighting Gender Violence in a COVID-19 World”, said the topic was chosen with the hope of generating conversations on seeking ways to end gender violence as a social scourge. She emphasised on grassroots sensitisation and awareness-creation on issues of gender-based violence, asking mothers at all levels to pay attention to the behaviours of their children.
This will ensure that mothers at all levels are adequately informed. We must also pay attention to the behaviour of our children and also the men to ensure they are engaged in meaningful ventures.
“It is everyone’s duty to ensure that the society is rid of the ugly trend of violence. My NGO, CAFE, is at the forefront of the campaign against any form of violence against women as well as girl-child or boys.
The first ladies who attended the summit include Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola, Mrs. Gloria Diri, Mrs. Anna Darius Ishaku, Mrs. Olufunke Makinde, and Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi of Osun, Bayelsa, Taraba, Oyo and Enugu respectively.
In their goodwill messages, the first ladies explained that the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum, their umbrella association, is at the vanguard of fighting against gender-based violence. They explained that the association has been at the forefront of agitations for the domestication of the Child Rights Act by the thirty-six states of Nigeria. The summit was also attended by the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Talen, who was represented by Director Gender Affairs, Mrs. Friya Bulus.