Lagos State Government has called on men to be involved in its campaign against gender based violence.
The call was made by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mrs. Bolaji Dada at an advocacy and sensitization workshop on Gender Based Violence for men with the theme: “Men Too Can Take Action to End Gender Based Violence.”
The Commissioner who said that the state government was not oblivious of the fact that some men could also be subject of abuses in the hands of their female partners, maintained that gender based violence is more against women who are considered the weaker vessels and as such are usually at the receiving end.
In her words; “I am not ignoring the fact that in some cases, it could be the other way round. There are cases when men are beaten up, violated, molested and even killed.”
She said that regardless of the nature of the violence or the gender involved, gender based violence is an aberration, totally unacceptable and must be avoided at all cost by everyone.
This according to her is the reason the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation put the workshop together as a way of advocating and sensitizing men about the ills of Domestic violence.
She urged the men at the forum to be the mouthpiece of the State Government in changing the present narrative by taking decisive actions to end all forms of gender based violence.
“My most distinguished gentlemen. I want to remind you all that you are our fathers, husbands, brothers, bread winners and heads of families. It is your duty to do a thorough soul-search. Talk to yourselves, spread the news about dangers associated with domestic violence and proclaim the need to treat everyone with mutual respect regardless of gender.
She assured the participants at the forum that the state government on its part will continue to be at the vanguard of advocacy campaign against gender based violence through sensitization programmes in rural and urban areas.
This content was originally published here.