By Jane Joshua
The need to create more awareness on sexual rights for women and young people and to eliminate gender -based violence in the society has been stressed.
This formed the core of discussion at a one day workshop organized by a Non – Governmental Organization, She Decides Nigeria in Awka.
She-Decides Nigeria is a movement created with the aim of providing young people and women a platform to voice their opinions on issues affecting them.
Speaking on the issue, the convener She- Decides Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Ifechukwu said that violations against women is not limited to Nigeria but has become a global issue, and silence from those violated has led to a daily increase on the menace, and has led to low- self esteem, emotional, psychological trauma and even death.
Mrs Ifechukwu advised those violated to always seek redress and called for abolishment of harmful traditional practices against women.
Baring their minds, Mr Obumneme Obidimma and Hajia Khadijat Olahan, attributed violence against women to indiscipline and intolerance and called on individuals, religious groups, governments at all levels to enlighten people living in rural areas where the ugly menace is committed more.
Contributing, Miss Grace Okolie harped on the need of families to train and build self confidence in their children, adding that secrecy and fear has led to increase of the ugly trend.
In separate reactions, Mr Anyaelesim Paschal and Miss Apeh Chiamaka who lamented that there is a growing state of impunity as people believe they can do anything and get away with it, urged security agencies to give more attention to the menace.
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