Stakeholders in the struggle of reducing into the minimal Gender Base Violence (GBV) in Oyo State have called on Oyo State Government as matter of urgency to release funding for effectiveness and smooth running of the family court so that judicial activities can commence immediately.
This has been proving to be another factor that can help to reduce the menace of GBV in the society.
Also the stakeholders canvassed for immediate implementation of the Child’s Right Laws and Violence Against Women Laws as passed in the state and the urgent need for either government or civil society groups to create a Task Force Committee that will evacuate children (male and female) from the street, as a means of reducing if not totally eradicate the nuisance caused by street children and destitutes on our roads.
These and many others were contains in the communique Issued at the end of a 2-Day Workshop on Getting Based Violence Reporting, organised by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ), Oyo State Chapter in collaboration with the Oyo state Government, held on the 27-28th February, 2019 at Grand Serene Hotel Iyaganku Ibadan.
The training workshop was attended by security agencies including Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board, Child Protection Network (CPN), Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), APIN Health Initiative, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ).
Other professionals in attendance were Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Professional and practicing Journalists (print, electronic and online) among others.
The two days seminar was solely sponsored by Living Word Mission, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) focused on advocacy and protection of women and children.
The training, aside from providing teaching and learning platform for journalists, it also afforded participants the opportunities to cross fertilise ideas on the way forward for victims of GBV and how to ensure wider and better sensitisation on the legal provisions through media reportage.
Having looked critically at the issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Oyo state, the participants agreed that the following as a template to guide in pursuing and reporting GBV cases in the media must be put into consideration.
That people should not discriminate against victims or survivors of Gender Based Violence through inappropriate use of words and languages in media reports
That issues of GBV must be duly investigated before reporting and follow up on the prosecution process of perpetrators. The appropriate judicial processes must be allowed to take it cause by relevant stakeholders.
That victims of GBV must be allowed access to psyco-social support for stability.
That the media should set an agenda to begin sensitization at all level, to ensure that Nigerians, particularly the residents of Oyo State are aware of GBV. The media must also seek to educate the people on the legal provisions, especially the penalty and sanctions awaiting perpetrators or GBV.
That the media have a major role to play in the reduction of GBV in the state, through various programs and news reportage.
That NDLEA must swing into action on the issue of illicit use of drugs in the society especially those selling them as this has been identified to be contributory to the menace of GBV in all it forms.
That stakeholders should begin advocacy visit to various religious and traditional leaders to sensitise them on the ways they could help fight the scourge of GBV.
That cases of GBV must be reported to the appropriate quarters, most importantly agencies of government at the state and federal level such as Ministry of Women Affairs and the Nigeria Police Force among others.
That parents must specifically inform their children about who their relatives are rather that giving them misleading information about non family members.
That, the media reports of GBV, if not properly presented may expose the victim to discrimination, while also providing a way of ‘escape’ for the victim(s).
Communique drafting committee are Kemi Oshin, Olubunmi Oke
Okulade oyeyemi, Otesile Ibukun and Abimbola Emmanuel.
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