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TUC protests violence on women, girl child in Awka

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THE Trade Union Congress Nigeria (TUC), Women Commission, Anambra State Council, has added their voices with the rest of the world in the fight against violence on women and children recently in Awka.

  The protest tagged, ‘Say No to Rape’ was flagged off in the premises of the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) as the group brandished banners and placards with inscriptions bearing ‘Say No to Rape’, ‘Stop Rape’, ‘Women are not Sex Toys’, among others while chanting Union slogans.

  The group was thereafter welcomed by the management of ABS represented by Mrs Ify Unachukwu and Head of Radio, Eberechukwu Nzegbu.

  Delivering her speech, the Chairperson of the Commission, Nneka Nwankwo maintained that the emotional and psychological trauma victims of rape go through is unquantifiable hence, the commission sought for change and an end to these violations.

  She further advocated for awareness and sensitisation of youths and the masses to seek proper consent before engaging in sexual activities. She reiterated the need for women and girls to be educated on ways to stay safe, to speak out and report cases of rape or sexual abuses to appropriate quarters.

  Comrade Nneka called on everyone to be on the alert for victims and give them the support and justice that they deserve while condeming all forms of stigmatisation and dehumanisation on victims of rape.

  Mrs Nwankwo also commended the wife of the governor, Chief ( Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano for her motherly role and support and the Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mezue for recently advocating for life imprisonment against offenders especially on the violence against minors.

  The group later on marched to the Jerome Udorji Secretariat, where they were duly welcomed by the Head of Civil Service, Mr Harry Udu who praised the commission for taking a bold step to stop rape and equally frowned at the spate of the incidence.

  The HOS went on to advocate for psycho evaluation on men who batter women as he called on parents to be wary of their children’s unlimited access to social media.

  The event also had in attendance, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Donor Agency, Mrs Mary Ogugua who represented the first lady, Comrade Okechukwu Ifeanyi, Chairman, TUC, Anambra State, among others.

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