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Rape: Osun To Teach Women, Children Martial Arts

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

In its bid to curtail the increase in gender-based violence in the State, Osun State Government said it is ready to teach women and children self-defense skills.

The martial art skill acquisition according to Osun Government is open to children from the age of four years, and to women across different ages.

Addressing the journalists during the Inter-ministerial media briefing organised by the Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation, the Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barrister Bukola Olaboopo, said that her Ministry was working with the State Sports Council and the National Association of Women in Sports on this project.

She said: “The training will be done every weekend by talented coaches who are committed to empowering our women. It is one of the State Government’s efforts at ensuring that there is a reduction of gender-based violence, especially rape.

“So, we want our women to be able to defend themselves and be less vulnerable to rape attacks”, Olaboopo stated.

She added that interested participants shall only be required to obtain the enrolment form at a negligible cost of N500 for the sake of getting them committed, while all other materials and logistics required shall be provided by the government.

Speaking on the venues of the programme, Olaboopo said that: “It is not going to be centred in Osogbo alone, it is going to be across the state. But first, we are taking it on the basis of Federal Constituencies, after which we shall be extending it to local government areas as soon as we are able to get more coaches”.

 

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