2023 IWD: OPACTS sensitises Osun women, girls on use of technology to tackle gender-based violence
In commemoration of the 2023 International Women’s Day (IWD), Organization for Public Awareness on Child and Women Rights -OPACTS, a sub-grantee of Women Advocates Research and Document Centre (WARDC) with funding from FORD Foundation has educated two communities namely: Ojo and Ara in Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State on 10th March 2023.
The focus of the sensitisation was on better usage of technology in ending violence against women and girls in compliance with the topic of this year’s celebration of IWD: “Digital Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality.”
Barr. Ayoola Olusegun, the Executive Director of OPACTS, while addressing the women in the communities said this year’s IWD theme is very apt, considering the less-cash policy.
She further encouraged the women to move with time and get connected to digital space to enable them contribute their quotas to the economic development of their communities, State and Nigeria at large.
The IT officer of the organisation, Mr. Ayodeji Adesua went further to explain in simple terms to the women on how their smart phones could be used without the knowledge of the perpetrator’s of violence to record videos, snap pictures, send sms and chats on WhatsApp to report incidences of violence to appropriate authorities that have the duty to arrest and prosecute.
Barr. Ayoola Olusegun, who aligned herself with the opinion above said that Section 4(I)(ii) and (iii) State of Osun Protection Against Domestic Violence Law, 2013 gives the right to a third party to lodge complaints against perpetrators of domestic violence to appropriate authorities in the state without the question of “locus standi.”
Speaking further, she said that the Android phones in most cases are under- utilized and as such, there’s need for further education on Android application for better results on reportage of domestic violence and abuses in the two communities.
Mr. Opeyemi Olagunju, Mrs. Funke Oyebowale, Mrs.Ojebowale Adijat, Mr. Ibikunle Saheed, and Mrs. Oyelade Saudat amongst the Community Response Team (CRT) trained by WARDC therefore volunteered to organize a training meeting with the women for better usage of their mobile smart phones to support them in their duties and responsibilities towards the communities in ending violence against women and girls in the two communities.