Speak Up To Eliminate Violence Against Women; Yes You Can
25 November 2020 Blog
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25th each year as the International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women
The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women all over the world are subject to all types of abuse ranging from rape, domestic violence,( whether physical or emotional)
This day seeks to highlight the true nature of the issues as majority of them are not reported or hidden for various reasons . and there are sources of data from various Nigerian Agencies which show that violence against women has intensified and indeed increased alarmingly.
This years theme is “Fund, Respond, Prevent and Collect”
Bringing it home, The National coordinator ,proactive gender initiatives(Barrister Esther Uzoma) was on Kapital Fm’s Day break show to discuss some of the issues
Amongst others she mentioned the need for a re-orientation starting from the way the boy child is raised, for the hand that rocks the cradle still rules the world .She emphasized the need for women to be raised to be confident , and also mentioned how various traditions are still in practice today that make woman feel unworthy in different parts of Nigeria
Also identified as a factor responsible for increased cases of violence is what she termed “pandemic Poverty’ Which is the poverty that was specifically induced by the pandemic .Another factor is the the societal belief that makes women derive their validation from being married and staying married against all odds .This is another reason why women hide or fail to speak out against cases of violence
Stigma rather than than empathy will make a victim stay quiet, So despite all the work done, there is yet more to do for the much desired elimination of violence against women to be gradually achieved if everyone plays Their role, proper statistics are kept and cases well managed with justice served.
Barrister Uzoma advised against the culture of silence and encourages every woman or girl child to speak up as she assured that the era of stigmatizing victims is winding down and various agencies have been adequately schooled on how to properly handle cases while keeping intact the dignity of victims