Mrs Safiya Aliyu, the President, Higher Space Court docket II Lokoja, on Monday urged ladies within the nation not solely to talk out in opposition to sexual and bodily violence but additionally keep away from triggering such acts by their actions.
Aliyu gave the recommendation in a paper she offered on the Annual Normal Assembly (AGM) of the Worldwide Federation of Ladies Attorneys (FIDA), Kogi chapter, in Lokoja.
The theme of the AGM was: ”Confronting Sexual And Bodily Violence In opposition to Ladies And Youngsters: We Can Do Higher.”
Aliyu outlined bodily violence or abuse as any intentional act inflicting damage or trauma to a different particular person or animal by the use of physique contact.
She defined that sexual violence was an act or try to get hold of coitus by violence or coercion; ”act to site visitors an individual or acts directed in opposition to an individual’s sexuality, whatever the relationship to the sufferer.”
She mentioned that sexual and bodily violence are types of gender-based violence; a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality and continued to be one of the vital notable human rights abuses.
Aliyu, nevertheless, suggested ladies to watch out to not set off violence at house, in colleges or workplaces, however to be peace makers and examine the temper of their husbands, colleagues, bosses, acquaintances and others.
She additional urged them to keep away from saying the flawed phrase on the flawed time, and mustn’t destroy their husbands or youngsters for egocentric causes by peddling damaging falsehood in opposition to them.
Aliyu harassed that the society may do higher in confronting sexual and bodily violence in opposition to ladies and youngsters by enhancing justice system, schooling and inspiring respectable dressing.
She urged dad and mom to instill the concern of God of their youngsters from childhood.
”The time has come for girls to talk out in opposition to sexual and bodily violence. We’ve FIDA to battle our trigger, not simply in Kogi State, however all around the world.
”Ladies are created to be cherished and handled with respect,” she mentioned.
Aliyu enjoined all stakeholders to affix arms in talking up in opposition to and stopping sexual and bodily violence in opposition to ladies and youngsters.
Additionally in his lecture, Barr. Abdullahi Zakari, the Director Normal, Workplace of the Public Defender and Residents Rights Fee (PDCRC), blamed ladies’s oppression on patriarchy.
Zakari, nevertheless, mentioned that girls empowerment will scale back violence in opposition to them and their youngsters.
Earlier, the Chairperson of FIDA in Kogi, Barr. Lilian Ajuma, famous that the audio system on the event had been fastidiously chosen for his or her capacity to successfully cope with the subject.
In keeping with her, the theme of the AGM is apt as it’s germane to ladies and as ladies legal professionals whose most potent weapon for the safety of girls and youngsters are legislations.
Ajuma solicited for the continued assist of the related stakeholders to make the ladies federation extra productive in selling their aims.
The spotlight of the programme is the official recognition of FIDA Kogi patrons.
The Appearing Chief Choose of Kogi State, Justice Henry Olusiyi, was adorned because the Grand Patron, whereas the Legal professional Normal and Commissioner for Justice, Ibrahim Mohammed SAN; and the DG of PDCRC, Barr. Zakari, had been each adorned as patrons.
The Chief Choose, who responded on behalf of the recipients, pledged his continued assist and help to FIDA within the state.