By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Conveyer of Down to Heart : Speak Out, Mrs Adejoke Victoria Oyeleke on Monday asked Governments in the country to implement and enforce the Child right law and violation against women’s laws.
Mrs Oyeleke stated this while speaking at a one day Sensitization workshop on “Child Abuse and Molestation ” held at the Recreation Club, Ibadan.
She stressed that the implementation and enforcement of the laws will go a long way in protecting every citizen in Oyo state and Nigeria at large.
“What we plan to achieve is a peaceful society for all and we want government to implement and enforce the Child right law and violation against Women’s laws to protect every citizen in our dear state and country “, she said.
On “Down to Heart Speak Out, Mrs Oyeleke disclosed that it came into existence about a year ago as ” a group of women coming together with a common interest to encourage one another to speak up in the face of great challenges “.
” You will agree with me that a typical African woman is not allowed to speak in the family ,society ,community and in some religious setting , women are not allowed to speak at all. The silence of women has been a major challenge against major upliftment , many women have died in silence, suffered in terrible situation but the reality is that every women needs a voice”.
She stressed that the workshop was to educate people about the dangerous effect of child abuse and molestation which is rampant in our community.
In his presentation , Pastor. Marcus William, while describing child abuse as any action that put children in harms way stressed that there is the need for parents to give the needed attention to their children as children of parents who prioritized their works above their homes have high tendency of getting molested and harassed.
Emphasizing that many victims of child abuse often found it difficult to speak out due to stigmatisation caused by the cultural, ethnical, and the religious organizations called for gender balancing as males are most times the major perpetrators of the criminal offence.
Mrs. Adeyemo Chinyere, a Sex Educator in her presentation tasked parents to protect their children through monitoring and enlightenment on sex education as they are growing up, saying, child sexual abuse is not restricted to a particular location, or setting as it occurs sometimes at religious scenes.