Women Move Against Gender Based Violence

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Women in Kaduna State have risen against gender based violence with a brainstorming session in Kaduna which sought solutions to the menace.

The meeting at the Women Multipurpose Center in Kaduna which was chaired by the new Commissioner for Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in the state, Mrs. Comfort Amwe, witnessed a large turnout of women groups in a show of solidarity aimed at finding solutions to the problem.

Mrs. Amwe said domestic violence is considered as a preventable health issue that affects more than 10 per cent of women and girls, saying any physical assault, sexual abuse and stalking are considered as forms of abuse that lead to violence.

“Gender based violence, commonly referred to as domestic abuse, can also be defined as abusive behaviour with the aim of overpowering or controlling the other. Domestic violence is considered as one of the most common forms of violence existing in almost every part of the world. It is thus considered as a public preventable health issue,” she said.

She said in Kaduna State, efforts are being made towards obtaining a law to protect all persons against violation of their rights. “We are optimistic that within the shortest possible period Kaduna State will have a law that would adequately check all forms of violation,” she said.

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Kemi Wale-Olaitan

Kemi is a retired broadcaster from the service of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; while in service, she had her interest in women issues and had interviews with several notable women in the course of her duty as a producer in the service of the Federal government. Her interest in broadcasting was informed by her creative writing prowess; she has been very active in creative writing since her undergraduate days, and she has written a few fictional works in form of short stories and novel. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of Short stories. Kemi was also very active in the establishment of the Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA) and she served on its first Executive Council.

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