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FCT, foundation want voices towards eliminating sexual, domestic violence amplified

By Justina Auta

The Gender Unit of the CTF’s Education Secretariat and an NGO, Hope for Second Chance Foundation (HOSEC) stressed the need to amplify voices to end drug addiction, sexual and domestic violence across the country.

They launched this appeal Thursday during the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl-Child 2021 and the theatrical adaptation of a novel, “The cost of silence”, written by Mrs. Ibukunoluwa Otesile, founder of the HOSEC Foundation in Abuja.

Otesile, said the drama novel’s adaptation by students at Government Science Technical College, Garki had to amplify the need to end all forms of violence against women and children and break the barrier of silence.

“One of the tools we have used is preventive education and I wrote ‘The Cost of Silence’ which talks about domestic violence, sexual abuse and drug addiction and how all of these three are threatened by the cost of silence.

“The culture of silence is one of the things that continues to endanger violence against women and children in Nigeria.

“This made it difficult for the tools that the government put in place to work.

“So if, as a people, we don’t consent to it and we speak out against it, when it happens. There is nothing the government can do about it.

“It goes beyond just having these instruments or laws, we as a people must criminalize all forms of violence against women and children, especially sexual violence so that we do not have of situations where they will say that we will move in with the family. ,” she said.

According to her, about 132 high school students from 12 schools across the FCT‘s six LGAs participated in the mentoring and awareness session on all forms of abuse and harmful practices affecting women and children.

In addition, Ms. Hadiza Ingawa, Head of the Gender Unit of the FCT’s Education Secretariat, encouraged the public to speak out when confronted or witnessed any form of violence against women and children.

Ingawa, also encouraged girls to venture into science, engineering, engineering, and math (STEM) classes to equip them with skills that will meet challenges in line with the digital age.

For her part, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), represented by Mr. Sam Agbi, Director of Performing Arts, encouraged the girl to strive to excel in the fields academic, political, entrepreneurial and others. .

Likewise, Emmanuel Babayaro, a former international footballer, advised parents to establish relationships with their children that will encourage them to confide in the face of sexual abuse or any form of abuse.

Ms. Geraldine Ogunyide, representative of UBEC urged students to use the opportunities offered to access education to enable them to succeed and be less vulnerable to any form of abuse.

Source: NAN

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