By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
A woman activist, Mrs Ronke Orimoloye has advocated for a comprehensive and uniform law that will protect women and the girl -child from all forms of violence at all levels of governance in Nigeria.
The founder of Talented Women, a non Governmental organisation stated this in a chat with The Hope in Akure.
The Akure born who harped on the need for a unified action against gender violence believed that women and the girl-child are facing many societal problems.
She suggested that a national law that is comprehensive and applicable throughout the federation is key to curbing the ugly trend.
She noted that the issue of sexual violence is an epidemic that must be urgently tackled in the society.
While advising girls and women to always dress decently and be careful with people they move with, she said sexual harassment is a life-long trauma which must be curb.
“Breaching of girls and women rights must be addressed, a situation where boy friends are killing a talented young ladies either for rituals or something else, domestic violence among others are barbaric and disheartening”, She noted.
She call on all stakeholders in Nigeria to form a synergy in tackling five major categories of violence against women and girls which she said include, psychological violence, physical violence, economic violence, sexual violence ,and harmful traditional practices.
“We need to protect women and girl child wherever they are located in Nigeria and government can not do it alone hence the need for everyone to compliments their efforts in stopping all violence against this set of people in the society.
“Government and various organisations must adequately invest in the provision of services for victims of gender -based violence which is not currently adequate.
“Services are not adequate while most victims of gender -based violence do not know where to go for help; we must strengthen the system and improve on advocacy in fighting against this menace.
“Ministries of women affairs across the nation must be adequately equipped in order to cater for Nigerian women and girls who are most vulnerable in the society “,She added.
Mrs Orimoloye advised that all hands must be on deck to ensure the safety of lives and properties in the society.