Women lawyers bemoan high gender-based violence in Ekiti


The Chairperson of the International Federation of Women Lawyers in Ekiti State, Mrs Oyinade Olatunbosun, on Sunday, bemoaned the high rate of Gender-Based Violence in the state despite efforts to curb it, saying much was still needed to be done in that direction.

Olatunbosun, who said FIDA was making efforts including rendering free legal services to secure justice for victims of rape, domestic violence, child trafficking and other GBV acts in the state, said encouraging victims to speak up so that there could be justice for perpetrators would largely help the fight.

The FIDA boss, who spoke at Ilawe-Ekiti and Erinmope-Ekiti during separate GBV sensitisation rallies to boost residents’ awareness, said, “We received 78 GBV cases from December 2021 to February 2022. While some are concluded, a substantial part of the cases are still pending with interventions, mediations and litigations ongoing.

“These cases confirmed that GBV is high in Ekiti and we have a lot of work to do. The first thing is for our people to speak up. Anybody that is experiencing any of these violent cases should report to the committees and we will take it up.

“We offer free legal services. We have to join hands together to fight rapists, female genital mutilators, child traffickers, wife beaters, oppressors of widows and gender inequality perpetrators. All these affect female majorly.

“We have handled several cases for women who were neglected by their husbands. Through our interventions, those men have now taken up their responsibilities.

“Many girls and women who were raped have had their cases taken to court. Justice will be done in those cases. If you see any case, don’t hesitate to tell us, we will fight for you and perpetrators will be punished,” she said.

Olatunbosun charged parents to protect their children against societal evils to prevent their future from being derailed.

The GBV Committee leaders in Erinmope and Ilawe-Ekiti, Chiefs Michael Awoyemi and Maurice Adaramodu respectively, lauded FIDA for its giant strides in confronting oppression of the female gender, adding that anyone engaging in slavery, forced marriage, rape, keeping children of school age away from school, was liable in the face of the law.

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