NASFAT counsels women on self-reliance, education to halt gender violence

The Nasrul-lahi-li Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) has said that women’s self reliance aid in checking gender violence against women.

NASFAT Ikorodu, Lagos branch, disclosed this on Sunday at the branch’s community sensitisation against gender violence, saying that self reliance empowered women sufficiently to halt the violence meted out to them by their male partners.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos State reports that the sensitisation and road walk that took the group to the rural dwellers; was entitled “End Violence against Women and Girls”.

Advising women at the Owotutu Food market, Mr Ibrahim Olasunkanmi-Saka, NASFAT’s Economic empowerment National Secretary, said that girl-child education and skills acquisition; were essential empowerment tools capable of stopping the menace.

Olasunkami-Saka cited underaged marriage, female gentile mutilation, child hawking, rape, battery by male partners, widowhood maltreatment, among , as some of the conditions that constituted violence against women.

He charged all females to avail themselves of the organisation’s skills training programmes, alongside their education, to prepare themselves for a better future.

The secretary, who described the economic status of the petty trader as unreliable, said that such women be dependent on their male partners for provisions, in of maltreatment.

“If a girl-child is schooled and has skills that can provide for needs before going into marriage, such will be treated with respect by partner and the society,” he said.

He expressed regret that many of women were unschooled and without skills, hence they suffered many societally induced inhuman treatments.

The NAFAST official, therefore, encouraged women to ensure that their girls acquired either education or skills, saying that such make them self reliant in future to earn the respect of the society.

Mr Moshood Ojuolape, NASFAT’s Chairman, Owotutu branch, said that violence against women was in the society; hence the need to keep alerting the public on measures to curb it.

“There are things do that exposes the girl-child to danger, such as street hawking, human trafficking, sending on an errand at night, leaving in the care of domestic staffs and that can take advantage of and violate her.

“A violated child will continue to be haunted by the trauma of the experience through out life; such person will see disdain in the society and become unproductive,” he said.

He added that the family, as the micro unit of the society, should ensure that members, especially girls, were being treated with respect, saying that by so doing, it would impact positively larger society.

Ojuolape further said that violence, such as rape, debased the victim; and casts deviance perpetrator, who should desist from engaging in such evil acts.

Also , the National Coordinator of the project, Alhaja Marian Karimu, disclosed that the group was working in partnership with other agencies, to bring perpetrators of violence against women to book.

She charged parents to be alert to their obligations and protect their girls from falling prey to lurking dangers, stressing that available data revealed that one in every four girls in Nigeria had experienced sexual violence, while 20 per cent of women and girls were circumcised before the age of five.

“The data also revealed that 19 per cent of girls in Nigeria are married before the age of 15, thereby, exposing them to the risk of sexually transmitted infection, cervical cancer, vesico vaginal fistula (VVF) and maternal mortality.

“Sadly, the data also revealed that violence is rarely an isolated event despite series of crusades against it,” she said.

NAN reports that the project is being supported by the EU, UNICEF, UN Spotlight Initiative (NAN)