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COVID-19: NGO gifts 85 women food palliatives, sensitizes against sexual violence

Worried by increase hunger in the land occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown in the country, a non government organisation, Boundless Hands Africa Initiative, has given food pallatives to at least 85 women in Mushin area of Lagos.

The group which also staged a walk and sensitisation programme for women against Gender Based Violence in the country, said it was meant to support women against all forms of sexual violence.

The outreach programme tagged “The Boundless Covid-19 end GBV Campaign and food support” was able to put food on table of women and educate them on how to guide themselves against sexual harassment.

The Team Lead, Titilayo Ogunbambi, while addressing the participants spoke extensively on Gender-Based Violence, the forms of GBV, and how it affects women, children, and the society at large. She also educated the women on how to access help for gender-based violence abuse cases that they are going through.

“With the rise in the number of persons infected with corona virus in Nigeria and the partial stay at home orders, there has been a rise in the cases of domestic violence, child sexual abuse and violation of human rights. Unfortunately, women and girls are being exposed to gender-based violence encounters daily with so many young girls having to deal with their abusers as the only option since schools that once escaped points are now closed.

“Boundless Hands Africa, has identified that ending violence against women and girls requires a community-based, multi-pronged approach, and multiple stakeholders and the women at Kudabar Community have committed to being a part of keeping themselves and their children safe.

“This outreach essentially was to enhance resilience against COVID -19 and raise our voice to improve response to GBV through sensitizing and educating them with the right information on how to access help for gender-based violence abuse and alleviate their sufferings with food items to feed their children,” she said.

While also speaking, Akinpelu Olateju, a Professional Child Growth Manager spoke on child sexual education and how parents can address this once and for all.

Olateju called for proper child upbringing as a way to curb sexual abuse in the country.

“We need to educate our children, they should be given appropriate information on sex education. Right in time and from both parents because if we fail to do so the child will learn through various means,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries of the programme, Mrs. Salami Florence, thanked the organisers for their kind gesture as she said the palliative will help her put food on the table for her children.

“The sensitization and interactive session went a long way in informing us on useful information that can help us prevent sexual and gender base violence in the community. The food items shared to us will help reduce the hunger we and our families have been facing since the COVID-19 pandemic as we haven’t received any palliatives from the government,” she said.

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