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EXPERTS have exposed the dangers inherent in violent actions against women and children during a seminar in Enugu, last week.
The awareness seminar, which is the brain child of a 24- year old corp member, Blessing Ogechukwu Iwuoba, identified the physical, psychological and health implications of violent actions against women and children, who are the most vulnerable of the society.

The two-day event opened with a road walk along all the major streets of Enugu, starting from Enugu North Local Government Headquarters, venue of the event.

In an interview with our City Editor in Enugu, Miss Iwuoha said that she was motivated by the events that take place daily in the environment where she lived to embark on the campaign.

“I live in a place where violent actions of various forms and shapes against women and children take place every day unabated. I decided to do something to curb the rate at which they are spreading. I told myself that I should do something to reduce the injustice, if I cannot stop it.”

The Anambra state born NYSC member, serving in Enugu, stated that most cases of abuse against women and children occur because of ignorance, stressing that the awareness campaign was aimed at teaching the people the best way to treat the vulnerable sect of the society, women and children.

In her key note address, Mrs Sylvia Abana, of the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA), identified rape, physical abuse like beatings resulting to bodily injuries, neglect, child labour, sexual harassment, mental torture, etc, as some of the violent abuses against women and children in the society.

“There are abuses in the offices, by business partners, denial of right of inheritance against women, in search for jobs, in schools, etc. In some cases, women are denied the right to acquire landed properties, it should not be so. Women have the right like their men counterparts to acquire landed properties in their own names”. The Enugu State FIDA boss mentioned the consequences of the above factors as distress, death, forced pregnancy and abortion.

Others are permanent and temporary injuries, diseases like Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs), HIV/AIDS and the accompanying stigmatization. Abana advised women to report all rape cases to the police so that offenders would face the full wrath of the law to serve as deterent to others.
The occasion attracted many important dignitaries which included Hon. Paul Nwosu, Senior Special Adviser on Agriculture to the governor of Anambra State. There were other side attractions which included drama presentation.

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