BY CHIOMA OBINNA
On this year’s International Women’s Day, all 36 State governors in the country have been urged to adopt the domestic violence law in their various states with a view to eliminating all forms of violence militating against the Nigerian woman.
Executive Director, ACP, Mrs. Olushola Akai who spoke to Good Health Weekly shortly after to its sensitisation training for Community Development Associations on the Domestic Violence Law enacted by the Lagos State Government, remarked on the need for passage into law the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) – an international human rights treaty that focuses on women’s rights and women’s issues worldwide. She acknowledged the Lagos State government for passage of the law in the state but regretted that many Lagosains are unaware of the existence of the law.
Noting that each year, the International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world to recognised women’s achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political, she opined that ACP chose the theme: “Sensitise women on issues affecting them” to specifically draw attention to the domestic law.
“It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. The global theme for this year is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women”.
Stressing the need for all state governments to pass the law she said
“Violence against women manifest in various forms today in the country. You see cases of men beating their wives, childhood marriage,which most time leads to Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) and Recto VaginalFistula (RBVF), sexual abuse including rape, defilement and sexual harassment in human widowhood rite, denial of reproductive rights and others. This problem cuts across all culture and tradition, across class, ethnic and religious barriers. I will also say that one thing that is universal is acts of violence against women. Muslim, Christian and amidst men also abuse their wives and daughters or sons”.
She further disclosed that the Lagos State government is building a transit home where violated women could live until their cases are resolved.