FIDA EKITI ADVOCATES DECISIVE STEPS TO END RAPE, GBV

By Roundoffnews

Members of the Federation of Female Lawyers  FIDA Ekiti State chapter on Thursday took to the street of Ado Ekiti to protest and create awareness on the rampant cases of sexual abuse and Gender Based Violence in the country.

Owing to the guidelines on Covid-19, the  FIDA members and their partners distributed themselves into different groups in few numbers across some streets of Ado Ekiti where they created awareness on the danger of Rape and the need for victims and relatives to speak up without fear.

At the various places visited, the lawyers carried placards with various inscriptions condemning the act of rape and Gender Based Violence, calling for an end to such evil acts.

Addressing a news conference in Ado Ekiti after the demonstration, the Vice Chairman of FIDA in Ekiti state, Mrs Titilayo Ogunshina called on the state’s Chief Judges to designate special court to handle Gender Based matters to expedite prosecution of rape and other Gender base  cases.

Mrs Ogunshina  also advocated  the establishment of sexual Referral Centre with rapid response team attach to it to reduce the victims’ trauma and aid the preservation of evidence for effective prosecution of perpetrators.

” It is no more news that there has been a tremendous acceleration in the number of gender-based  violence cases, particularly the abuse and rape of women and the defilement of babies and children across the country. With these evil and unpleasant happenings in our communities, our children, girls and women are no longer safe.

“FIDA Nigeria strongly object to this evil trend of the incessant abuse and sexual molestation of women and children and demands speedy and decisive action

She urged all stakeholders to work together to fight Gender base violence in the society.

Also speaking, a former chairperson of FIDA in Ekiti State, Mrs Rita Ilevebare advised parents to properly monitor their  children in order not to fall victims of sexual abuse and in the case of any violence and abuse they should learn to speak up.

She explained that rapists have no excuse to engage in such evil act hence the need for punitive punishment for offenders to serve as deterrent to others.

During the news conference, FIDA acknowledged the various roles and efforts of the state government particularly the wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi at ending Gender Based Violence and other dangerous traditional practices against women.