Women have been urged to promote advocacy against domestic and sexual violence, with a view to stamp this menace out our society as a way of building total citizens.
The publisher: “Judgments of the Supreme Court of Nigeria,” Mrs Adejoke Layi-Babatunde, said this at a round table discussion, theme: “Heal and Build Confidence,” organised by Bomarah Foundation, held at Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
She expressed concerns over the recent report that Lagos recorded over 10,000 cases of domestic and sexual violence during the lockdown saying that the sad development should be of concern to every women.
Mrs Layi-Babatunde urged women to be bold and courageous enough to speak up against social malaise in public places including the church and the mosque.
In a remark, Vice Chairperson, ENL Consortium, Princess (Dr) Vicky Hasstrup who delivered a Paper on ‘Women Empowerment,’ outlined cultural, political, education, religion and social values as factors militating against women development.
Dr Hasstrup urged women to break these barriers by taking part in community activities and development, believe in themselves and their capabilities as nobody will do it for them.
“Whatever is your chosen area, get somebody to mentor you, determine where you are going and how to get there.
“Women need to work together and snatch power from men. You do not need to beg for power like beggars. We should take our rightful place. In politic, we should get involved from community to national level and make suggestions and contribute valueable ideas so that you can be respected”, she advised.
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President and founder, Bomarah Foundation, Hajia Bolanle Muse in her welcome address, said the foundation which took off in 1996 as a General philantropic concern with rehabilitation, visitation and education based programmes but has since veered into an organisation with three focuses on children, youths and persons with disabilities.
She reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to it’s three dimensional strategic instrument of education, advocacy and empowerment by determining the problems appropriate solutions.