Women in plateau state have been advised to wake up to their responsibility and play their part in the collective growth and development of women in the state.
The chairperson, St Louis old girls association plateau state chapter Mrs Patricia Damyil stated this during the occasion to mark this year’s international women’s day in Jos.
International women’s day is celebrated on March 8th every year, this year’s theme was Balance for better.
The choice of the theme was to help raise awareness against bias, by taking action towards having a balanced world.
In marking this year’s international women’s day in plateau state, the international federation of women lawyers in collaboration with St Louis Old Girls Association,plateau state association of female Doctors and Nigeria associate of women journalist plateau state chapter have put together and interactive session to discuss domestic violence and its psychological effect.
The chairperson St Louis old girls association, Mrs Patricia Domyil said women have a role to play in balancing and making their lives count in the society.
While giving a lecture , Dr Bwatyum Annah a consultant psychiatrist with the jos university teaching hospital (juth) who spoke on the psychological effect of domestic violence on women, defined violence as any form of abuse against another in a domestic setting such as marriage or co-habitation.
She however advised woman to learn to recognize early warning signs and also by speaking out before it becomes too late.
Chairperson of the international federation of women lawyers (FIDA), lower court judge Mary Izam disclosed that with the plateau state government gazetting the PINA Code has helped in checking the rate of domestic violence in the state.
The chairperson of the occasion Mrs Lucy Pam who was represented by Mrs Judith Martins said women need to position themselves in the state to make a formidable force for ground breaking changes.
DORCAS GWANI JOS.