By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) on Monday called for the implementation of the Child’s Right law, Violence Against Persons Law in the state.
The association in a statement by its chairperson, Comrade Jadesola Ajibola and Secretary , Comrade Stella Oyebanji stated that “Oyo NAWOJ is most particular about efforts being made to give women a voice as the world celebrates women today.
According to Oyo NAWOJ in the statement to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day celebration with the theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” this year’s celebration ” is an opportunity to call for an end to violence against women and girls, many women and girls experience various types of abuse when coronavirus broke out last year during the lockdown, leaving many psychologically distressed. Oyo NAWOJ maintained that the time has come for implementation of the child’s Right law, Violence against persons law and that the violence against persons law recently signed Governor Seyi Makinde should be in place for the judiciary to continue in their efforts to bring to book everyone that violates women or the girl child.
The association also stressed that the moment has come to fully harness the power of women’s leadership for future opportunities and a better society, saying, “women must be given the opportunity to play a full leadership role in shaping decisions being made as the world respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Oyo NAWOJ stressed further “we also say there is need to break down historic, cultural, and socio-economic barriers that prevent women from taking their rightful positions whenever the decision-making process is on ground to make sure that resources and power are distributed evenly.
The association then commended the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Debo Ogundoyin and the Chairman, Oyo state House Committee for Women Affairs, Honourable Olawunmi Oladeji and the state Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, led by Honourable Faosat Sanni, as well as the Ministry of Justice led by Professor Oyelowo Oyewo for their continuous efforts in making laws that would make life meaningful for women and children.
While wishing Women across the world, a happy celebration, Oyo NAWOJ.called on security agencies to ensure that no case involving violation of women and children is swept under the carpet.