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‘Gender-based violence should be tackled from home’

The Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lagos State House of Assembly,  Mrs. Omotayo Oduntan, has said gender-based violence should be nipped in the bud from the home.

Oduntan said this during a symposium to celebrate the International Women’s Day in Lagos at the newly commissioned Police Officers’ Wives Association secretariat and multi-purpose hall, GRA, Ikeja, a statement from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation said on Tuesday.

Oduntan said, “Parents, particularly mothers, should treat both male and female children equally.  Children should not be given household chores based on gender. Boys should not be allowed to play football or watch television while girls are asked to go to kitchen.”

Delivering the keynote address, wife of the state governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, who was represented by the wife of Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde, commended WAPA’s commitment to women development.

She advised parents, particularly mothers, to invest not only money in their children, but also time.

She said, “Mothers should inculcate in their children that real men don’t abuse or beat women, and the girls should also behave lady-like by being courteous and respectful in all that they do.”

Founder, Yemi Royal Organisation, a non-governmental organisation, Mrs. Yemi Osoba, delivered a lecture on impact of violence on women and girls.

Osoba said, “It is imperative for women to speak out against violence on them so that the menace can be curbed.”

She also advised parents to stop encouraging their daughters to stay in relationships engulfed in violence.

A director in WAPA, Ms Funke Odutola, commended  the government for its commitment and investment in programmes designed for women empowerment.

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