As part of its commitment to completely reduce domestic violence in Lagos State, the government has revealed plans to economically empower women in order to help the course. This development was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande.
According to the Commissioner who spoke at a symposium against gender based violence, “one of the ways to stem the tide of Gender Based Violence by the Government is for the women to be economically empowered, which is why the State Government, through the Ministry, is dedicated to providing women with the opportunity of learning new skills through the many skill acquisition centres in the State.”
She added that the costs of violence against women are enormous, noting that gender based violence is a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, non-discrimination, physical and mental integrity.
Akande stated further that there are significant links between gender based violence and a range of other reproductive and sexual health problems, including sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, conception and abortion, maternal morbidity and mortality and adverse pregnancy outcomes among others.
The Commissioner therefore enjoined all women to speak out against all forms of violence, stressing that “there is a safe haven at the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation where they can seek solace from abuse any time the need arises.”