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Using women and girls as spoils of war

By Vera Samuel Anyagafu

Every once in a while we hear cases of different levels of violence against women and girls in the society, and one wonders why such ugly incidences could not be barred in the country, even in the midst of several nice and open opportunities.

Nigeria is so saturated with less valued talks in respect of violence against women and girls, especially in conflict zones and at the moment, the issue is becoming extremely rampant.

A Nigerian Human Transformational Coach, Liala Saint Mathew Daniels, who is dissatisfied with the rate of violence against women and girls in some countries in West Africa, including Nigeria, told Lipstick that the issue of violence against women and girls in the country is soaring like never before and demands urgent emerging concerns and plausible solutions.

According to her, it is an aspect of terrorism that should seek urgent attention across the world.

In her keynote address, the Transitional Life Strategist, Emotions Therapist, Psychologist, Executive Leadership Coach/Trainer and CEO of Jacinta Limited, a Lifestyle Re-Engineering Company said that the increasing levels of violence against women and girls, and many other documented abuses against them, highlights the need for n international conference on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Trafficking of women and girls in our society.

Emphasizing on the importance of an International conference in addressing some of these issues Liala said: “Will address various issues that concern women and girls from a pro-active dimension.”

Hitherto, sensitisation and awareness programmes, workshops, rallies, have been on-going by various concerned individuals, and NGO’s,  but more than ever before there is a growing need to address the issue of violence against women and girls more proactively rather than being reactionary.”

She also pointed out that taking a step that emphasizes on the need to re-prioritize, strengthen and expand existing advocacy, awareness and security efforts on the issue of violence and abuse against women and children in Nigeria and the rest of Africa is a step in the right direction.

According to her, “The upcoming international conference will be the ‘First’ of its kind on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Trafficking Conference in Nigeria”, adding, “it will bring additional knowledge, training opportunities, solutions and enlightenment of this pandemic that is not only of concern in Nigeria but all over the world.”
Furthermore, Laila St. Mathew Daniel reiterated that, “Of particular interest is the negative impact of this pandemic on the corporate and business landscape of the country.

“And from research done on CSR projects, we found that organizations focus on sponsoring awareness drives for HIV/Aids, Cancer and Malaria.

“These are presumed to be life threatening diseases,  however  violence and abuse are life issues that impact negatively and can be life threatening in the family (for generations), affects the learning ability of children; affects productivity and peak performance in the workplace, and pollutes communities and the nation.”

The upcoming Conference with the theme, ‘Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Trafficking: “The Emerging Concerns and Plausible Solutions’ (IC-DVSAT), coincides with the World 16 Day of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
It is a 2 day International Conference scheduled for 27 through 28 November at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.


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