As part of activities to mark the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence, Supporting Hands Initiative and Wave Foundation, is calling on all parents to educate their children on sex education and Gender Based Violence.
The group made the plea at a gathering organized for Teenagers as part of the 16 days activism against Gender Based Violence in Abuja.
The Founder Supporting Hand Initiative, Mrs Bassey- Ita Ikpang, said there is need for parent to listen attentively to their children, and understand what they are passing through at every point in time.
She encouraged all guardians and parent to be concerned about the emotional wellbeing of their children.
According to her, the theme of the topic “A world without her”, is apt, as it involves Education of the boy child about sexual education and Gender Based violence.
“Over the years, we realize that we have only been talking to the girls, and leaving the boys out of Gender Based Violence discussions. However, we need to change this narrative, because a girl cannot be raped without the assistance of a boy.”
“Research has shown that one in every three women go through the trauma of rape, and one in every thirty men go through rape as well. So there is need to educate a boy child, to see and respect every girl and woman and his sister and mother”.
In addition, she noted that there should be more orientation and awareness about Female Genital Mutilation, for both boys and girls, so as to end the age long tradition.
A participant at the program, Orji Kosi, said the program has enlightened him about the plight of the girl child in Nigeria.
“A boy is meant to protect a girl child irrespective if she is his sister or not. The FGM is a very bad tradition, and we must all work together to end the menance. I will spread the knowledge to other students around me”.
The President, Wave Foundation, Arch. Lola Ibrahim called on authorities to strategize policy by revoking the license of medical practitioners still practicing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
According to her, arresting any of those engaged in the act, will serve as lesson to others, and this will make people know that the government is serious about Female Genital Mutilation.
Arch Ibrahim, while lamenting the poor sensitization of the public about FGM, implored stakeholders on the need to educate and step up advocacy at the grassroot level.
“Female Genital Mutilation is like subjecting a woman to the man’s will, because it is like controlling her sexuality. Rather than cutting a woman, why don’t you educate her? This practice is still rampant in some part of Nigeria, because we are probably not educating the people enough”.
“If we work with the traditional and religious institutions who have a lot of followership, I am sure we will achieve our goals , and obtain a faster way of reaching the people. That is why we are asking developmental donors, to go into the interior and work with those people at the grassroot”.
She said there is need to step up advocacy, and awareness at the grassroot, and also strengthen our police and judicial system.