NHRC, Adeleke’s wife collaborate to tackle SGBV in Osun, plan 16 Days of Activism

NHRC, Adeleke’s wife collaborate to tackle SGBV in Osun, plan 16 Days of Activism

TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Osun State Office plans to collaborate with the wife of the state governor, Mrs Titilola Adeleke, to address root causes of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the state.

The mutual commitment to this synergy was entered into on Monday when the Osun State team of NHRC, led by the State Coordinator, Mrs. Nneka Anigbo, paid a courtesy visit to the First Lady in Ede to brief her on the activities of the Commission concerning the forthcoming 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence slated to hold from November 25 and end December 10, 2023 in the state and other parts of the country.

Addressing Mrs Adeleke during the visit, Mrs Nneka Anigbo said the 16 Days Activism is an international event aimed at sensitising key stakeholders and educating members of the public about the ills of domestic violence.

Lamenting the prevalence of domestic violence in the country, Mrs. Anigbo said fresh strategies and policies needed to be mapped out to forestall this endemic problem adding that other relevant stakeholders including the Nigeria Bar Association, Association of Female lawyers (FIDA), Ministry of Women Affairs among others, would be carried along with a view to eliminating domestic violence and abuse of children and women in the state.

She said, “It is sad that in all the complaints of SGBV that our Commission in Osun State has received, 99 percent are related to family and domestic issues.

Mrs. Anigbo however sounded optimistic about the positive impact of the active involvement of the First Lady on the commission’s campaign against SGBV, saying, “We have reports that the leadership of Osun State is benevolent and that your Excellency, have a very soft spot for children, women and the vulnerable members of the society. We will be happy to have you flag-off our activities for the 2023 16 Days of Activism.”

 

Adeleke's wife and Osun NHRC team
Adeleke’s wife flanked by Osun NHRC team

Responding, Mrs Adeleke expressed happiness at the visit and declared her full support to efforts at eradicating the menace in Osun State, adding that awareness and sensitisation programmes would be taken to schools, markets, motor parks and other places for people to discourage SGBV.

Speaking further on the commission’s plans during an interview, Anigbo disclosed that “The theme for this year’s 16 Days days of Activism is Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women.

“We will have a road show starting from our office at at Oroki Estate to the office of the First Lady who will flag-off the activities for the 16 Days Activism. We will work in collaboration with other stakeholders such as FIDA, NBA, NGOs, CSOs, security agencies and other relevant organisations who will come together to do a road show to the First Lady’s office.

 

Adeleke's wife, Mrs Titilola Adeleke and Osun State Coordinator of NHRC, Mrs Nneka Anigbo
Adeleke’s wife, Mrs Titilola Adeleke and Osun State Coordinator of NHRC, Mrs Nneka Anigbo

“The reason we went to see her is to discuss the modalities about the flag-off.”

Mrs. Anigbo maintained that the scourge of SGBV would ultimately be surmounted, adding that “although sexual, gender based and domestic violence is rampant, it can be frontally tackled through multidimensional efforts.”

Speaking on why domestic violence is still prevalent despite the efforts of NHRC and other stakeholders, she explained that, “It is not that we and other stakeholders are not doing enough. The persistence of the problem only indicates how deep and entrenched the problem has been and how terrible it would have been if we were doing nothing about it. You know that SGBV has been in existence all through history and we grew up seeing them. Clearly, the problem would have been worse than it is today if not for the efforts put in to fight it so far. SGBV won’t take a day to eradicate.

 

Osun NHRC visit to Adeleke's wife
Osun NHRC visit to Adeleke’s wife

“So, year after year, we have been working hard to eradicate it by helping the Government to formulate policies and enact appropriate laws, by campaigning, sensitising and educating members of the public against domestic violence in collaboration with stakeholders. You know that old habits which are engrained in our culture are hard to die. We are determined and hopeful that as long as we keep pushing harder with our campaigns and carrying our partners along, we will eradicate it or at least reduce it.”

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