Nigerian Female and Gender Champion Ms. Janet Ochanya Ejembi under the ‘auspices of Odumehaje Christian Medical Misson, OCMM had embarked on an advocacy hike awareness to a school, church, and hospital in Benue State, Nigeria speaking up against gender based domestic violence to build the capacity of women in the area.
The advocacy provided a platform for commitment to carry out step down training to educate young ladies, women and students on the benefits of equal society, dangers of rape, community engagement/ services, and women involvement in politics.
The Gender Justice Advocate said, the move was part of efforts to celebrate the month of women as the world marked International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday observed on the 8th and 14th March, respectively.
Inline with the theme of the International Women’s Day 2021, “Women in leadership; achieving an equal future in a covid19 world” Ms. Janet called on the United Nations to intensify support for women whom she said are the front liners in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to her, helping women to be economically successful, discouraging forced marriages and barbaric widowhood practices will help to prevent Gender Based Violence.
The UN Trained Leader and Gender Equality advocate who went round communities, schools, churches and hospitals sensitizing people on the dangers of rape, its risk factors and precautions, also encouraged women to participate actively in politics, noting that if fair access to opportunities were given them, their families, communities and countries would also develop.
“Women of the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that is sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all. To get us there, the world needs women at every table where decisions are being made”, she explained.
Miss. Janet Ejembi said rape and other Gender based domestic violence could be tackled via education, good parenting as well as adherence to family values including stringent penalty for perpetrators of the evil act.
The Women Gender Champion also organized a two-day free hair dressing outreach to celebrate women in Odumehaje community, Benue State, and taught students of the community secondary school, Aokpe about rape, where she also shared pens.
Beneficiaries were also women of the Charismatic Renewal Ministries, CRM, and Ojilima Hospital female staff, of that community as 35 women benefitted from the free plaiting and sensitization on GBV and the need for an equal society.
The benefiting women and students expressed gratitude to the gender Justice Advocate and prayed God to enlarge her course for more impact.