Erelu Fayemi.

By Roundoffnews

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Ekiti State has hailed the wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, for showing love and care to victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) as COVID-19 pandemic rages.

The body expressed gratitude to the Ekiti First Lady for giving it 202 bags of food packs for distribution to survivors of GBV and other vulnerable persons to cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

The Ekiti FIDA Chairperson, Oluwatoyin Odunayo Esq., in a statement on Sunday said Mrs. Fayemi’s gesture would assist the body in responding to calls from GBV survivors during the period of economic hardship.

Describing the Ekiti first lady as an unapologetic gender advocate, Odunayo lauded her for the unrelenting support for the womenfolk in the state.

However, Ekiti FIDA said more still need to be done to win the battle against GBV in the state especially in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The statement read in part: “FIDA Ekiti attests to your unflinching supports and passion for the well-being of women in Ekiti State, and Ekiti women will forever be grateful to God for your time.

“FIDA Ekiti, being committed to protecting, preserving and promoting the rights of women and children in the Society, using the available legal frameworks; have been on the forefront in the campaign against Gender Based Violence which has witnessed a surge in recent times, to the extent that it received global attention before the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic as declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“The effect of this is that the menace of GBV is still raging amidst the people and have indeed aggravated during the Lockdown measure introduced by the government in response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

“We have responded to the cries of some of these victims within our capacity and Your Excellency’s kind gesture will further assist us in responding to calls from survivors in this trying period, particularly, Survivors of economic hardship.

“We further appreciate Mr Abiodun Oyeleye, the Special Assistant on Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Matters who communicated the approval of the association’s request for palliatives from Her Excellency and delivered same us. Thank you sir.

“We urge the people of Ekiti and the world at large to continue to stay safe believing God that this time shall shortly pass.”