RAPE: TUC Women Hold Awareness rally in Ekiti, Seek Effective Implementation of Existing Laws

By Roundoffnews

The women’s wing of the Trade Union Congress TUC Ekiti State Chapter on Thursday embarked on a sensitization walk in Ado, the State capital to educate members of the public on the negative implications of sexual violence against women and girl child particularly rape.

The train of the rally which took off at the State secretariat of TUC in Ajilosun, Ado Ekiti, visited areas such as Oja Oba, Oke-Iyimi, Old garage to mention but a few.

During the exercise, the women who were dressed in a branded T-Shirt, while some carried banner with the theme “TUC Condemns Rape and Gender Based Violence”

In addition, the women distributed hand bills which captures the negative implications of rape and necessary advises on the role of parents to stop such unlawful activities.

Addressing traders at Oja Oba, Oja Bisi, Ajilosun and other areas in Ado Ekiti, the Chairperson of the Trade Union Congress TUC, Mrs Temitope Ologunleko said the exercise was to complement the move of the Ekiti state government to check violence against women especially rape.

Mrs Ologunleko called on government at levels to ensure proper implementation of the laws against sexual violence so as to bring the perpetrators to book .

According to her, those involving in rape should be regarded as animals but cautioned them to desist from such immoral behavior.

She said ” We are calling on every Nigerian to join in the efforts to tackle Rape and Sexual Violence by protecting women and girl child.”

She noted that it was dishearten to see the perpetrators of the evil act going about normal lives as if they haven’t done anything wrong, urging government and security agents to live up to expectations.

Mrs Ologunleko used the forum to inform members of the public that Ekiti state government had put in place necessary laws to jail rapists while their names would be published publicly to shame them.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Trade Union Congress in Ekiti State, Mr Sola Adigun said the programme was to call the attention of people to the danger associated with rape, noting that victims of rape suffer both physical and psychological damages.

The TUC chairman lamented how some people engaged in diffiling under age children, saying such people should be living among the animals.

Mr Adigun promised that the union would not relent in supporting anything that would promote peace in the society.