As ondo state joins other countries of the world to mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, stakeholders have been charged to properly raise awareness about the various kinds of abuse women are subjected to and take action to discourage the evil tendencies of the abusers.
Orange FM’s Flora Iweanya highlights the aims of the day and the true nature of the issue which is often hidden.
One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.
Worldwide, almost one third of women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and, or sexual violence by their intimate partner and as many as 38 percent of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners.
Yet to date, only two out of three countries have outlawed domestic violence while 37 countries worldwide still exempt rape perpetrators from prosecution if they are married to or eventually marry the victim.
Furthermore, 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence.
Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, and the immediate and long-term physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls can be devastating, including death.
The Violence Against persons (prohibition) Act (VAPP) was passed into law in Nigeria in May, 2015 and the Act was a result of agitations for protection of persons against the different forms of violence but challenges remain in enforcing these laws, limiting women and girls’ access to safety and justice.
Not enough is done to prevent violence, and when it does occur, it often goes unpunished.
The Ondo state Commissioner for women affairs, Mrs Titi Adeyemi called for collective effort of every individual to nip the practice in the bud
Adeyemi also stated that Ondo state government in its usual practice will provide support for abused womenfolk.
The chairperson international federation of women lawyers Fida Mrs Bola Joel-Ogundadegbe urged women to always speak up against any form of abuse
Also, the National president association of women opinion leaders, Olubunmi Osadahun called for effective implementation of laws protecting women against violence and abuse
Some residents condemned the practice while charging families and loved ones to also assist the victims
Women are however advised to speak out against violent abuse as it will help bring the perpetrators to book.
The theme for this years International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect.