By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Wife of the Kwara state governor, Mrs. Olufolake AbdulRazaq has called for stiffer punishment on the perpetrators of gender-based violence in the country.
AbdulRazq stated this while addressing hundreds of women on Saturday shortly after a rally organised by her office to commemorate the 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence in Ilorin.
According to her, when cases of abuse of women occurred, the perpetrators should be made to face the consequences of their actions.
AbdulRazq said there is an urgent need to curb violence against women in society. She explained that the most ravaging of the gender-based violence in our contemporary society is rape.
The first lady noted that research shows that one out of four girls before the age of 18 years has experienced the case of rape or sexual abuse.
She maintained that a large number of rape cases are difficult to prove due to stigmatization or impunity on the part of the culprits.
AbdulRazq said majority of the gender-based violence are being perpetrated by persons closed to the victims. She said when such violence happened it affects not only the victims but also the immediate family.
AbdulRazq called for action by government, civil society groups, and individuals to ensure total eradication of gender-based violence in the society.