By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
Kwara State Civil Society Platform on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (KWCSO-SGBV), a non-governmental organization set up to address violence against girls and women in the state has raised alarm over the incessant rate of violence in the society.
The group, however, called on relevant stakeholders to collaborate in a view to eradicate the ugly trend.
Speaking at the official unveiling of the Stop SGBV Trust Fund, in commemoration of the 2021 16days of activism, the President of the group and a legal practitioner, Anthonia Erinfolami-Daniel, noted that government, security agencies, ministries of women affairs and Justice have significant roles to play.
According to her, agenda-based violence includes acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm of suffering, coercion, and their deprivation of liberty.
She disclosed that nearly “one in three women has been abused in their life-time and a UN women based on data from 13 countries shows that two in three women reported they experienced some forms of violence and are more likely to face insecurity.”
Erinfolami-Daniel, recommended that the violence can be prevented and eradicated by adopting a comprehensive and inclusive approach that tackles root causes, transform harmful social norms, and empower women and girls.
“It is in view of this that we launch a Trust Fund in Kwara State. Let’s help the victims to get justice and more importantly reintegrate them back into society to live normal life,” she declared.
In her submission, Committee chairperson, Nimat Labaika, explained that the 16 days of activism is an annual international campaign to challenge and eliminate violence against women and girls, saying, the global theme for this year is ‘Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now’ was carefully selected to address the agenda based issues and proffer a lasting solution to curb the menace.
“It is our collective responsibility to work together as a formidable force to end all forms of violence and abuse in our society. I urge every stakeholder to support this campaign and donate generously to stop GBV in Kwara,” she said.