As a way of sensitising the public against the danger of child sexual and gender-based violence, the Association Against Child Sexual and Gender Based Violence (AACSGBV), Oyo State chapter, on Thursday took the campaign against gender-based violence to Ojoo Bus terminal, Ibadan.
Alaba Ehindero, the Chairperson, AACSGBV, Oyo State, said the campaign was organised to commemorate the United Nations' 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from November 25 to December 10.
The rally themed; "UNiTE! End Violence Against Women and Girls”, features lectures from the coalition of Gender Focused Organisations (GFO), professional associations, gender advocates and activists
Ehindero said that some people hid under the present economic situations in the country to subject their children to early marriage, child trafficking, forced labour and other unfair treatment.
According to her, AACSGBV seeks to create an effective response that promotes human rights, reduces inequality and mitigates all forms of sexual and gender-based violence.
“We notice that sexual and gender-based violence such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), child trafficking and other forms of gender-based violence are still on the high side in our society.
“The mission of the AACSGBV is to rehabilitate and provide adequate care and support services to vulnerable persons and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
“People should be aware that there are laws in Oyo State against all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and we are ready to let the law have its way on anybody found guilty of family-based violence in the state,” Ehindero said.
Tajudeen Are, a driver at Ojoo Bus Terminal, Ibadan, said that the sensitisation programme had increased the knowledge of the drivers at the motor park about types of sexual and gender-based violence and the punishment attached to them.
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