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Group, Delta Govt. intensify move against gender-based violence



An advocacy group, the Sexual and Gender Violence Referral Team (DSGVRT) and the Delta Government have expressed willingness to partner in the fight against gender-based violence in the state.

The Alternative Chairman of DSGVRT, Bridget Anyafulu, stated this during a courtesy visit to Mrs Omatsola Williams, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development on Thursday in Asaba.

Anyafulu noted that sustained advocacy against gender violence would help to curb the menace and appealed to relevant stakeholders for partnership with the team in its efforts against the menace.

According to her, gender-based violence is not just about an older man molesting or harassing a young woman.

The DSGVRT alternate chairman said it could also be termed gender violence when a woman locked her husband up in the house for not giving her money for food, for instance.

In her response, the commissioner noted that synergy among critical stakeholders was very vital in the fight against gender-based violence in the state.

She decried the increase in sexual abuse cases in the state, adding that some parents had failed in providing sex educating to their children.

“In recent times, the quest for sexual atrocity has increased because parents have neglected their duties.

“Many parents have failed their children in this direction and this is because when children are getting to maturity, they ought to be adequately educated.

“They must be taught maturity, the various advantages and disadvantages of the stage that are ahead of them.

Williams said it was never a taboo for parents to constantly talk to their children and wards about maturity saying: “doing so will go a long way in reducing the crave for wealth.”

She also emphasised that the unholy quest for materialism had increased the level of gender-based violence.

“The rate of sexual abuse is alarming; the idea of sleeping with underage people for money rituals has led to total destruction of society.

“We can only reduce violence if we have good values; it is only then that sanity can be achieved,” she stated

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