REPORT OF THE SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP AND RALLY ORGANIZED BY JUSTICE DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE INITIATIVE, EKITI DIOCESE IN IKERE – EKITI, EKITI SOUTH WEST SENATORIAL DISTRICT, EKITI STATE  ON THE 7TH  DAY OF DECEMBER, 2016

Reported by Mrs. Kehinde Deji Idowu

December 7, 2016 was a special day in Ikere – Ekiti, Ekiti South West Senatorial District of Ekiti State. At about 10am, 75 persons comprising of women and men converged at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Odo-Oja, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State for a 3 hour sensitization and awareness rally towards eradication of gender-based violence particularly against women in Ikere Community, Ikere Local Government, as well as Ekiti South West Senatorial District.

The event formed part of the activities sponsored by MISEREOR in Germany and executed by Justice, Development and Peace Initiative, Ekiti Diocese (JDPI) towards promotion of human rights in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The event witnessed drama sessions, singing and dancing, walking and matching, as well as refreshment and feeding of the participants.

Prior to the rally day, JDPI had organised a sensitization workshop for some selected women of the community including the Iyaloja (Market Women Leader) of Ikere in the person of Chief Mrs. Iyabo Ojo. The sensitization workshop took place on the 22nd of November, 2016 in the hall of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Odo-Oja, Ikere-Ekiti.

The participants at the sensitization workshops were taught that any act of violence which or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation or liberty, whether occurring in public or private life is a gender-based violence against women. The following examples of acts constituting violence against women were elaborately explained to the participants:

  • Wilfully placing or attempting to place a woman or girl in fear of physical injury which includes slapping, beating, arm twisting, stabbing, strangling, burning, choking, kicking, threats with an object or weapon and murder
  • Coercing a woman or girl by force or threats to engage in any act, sexual or otherwise, to the detriment of her physical or psychological wellbeing
  • Traditional practices harmful to women such as female genital mutilation, attempting or aiding the mutilation of a woman or girl-child’s genitals
  • Indecently assaulting a woman or girl
  • Raping a woman or girl img_20161206_104628
  • Committing incest with a woman or girl
  • Marrying or giving an under-age girl into marriage
  • Sexually harassing a woman or girl
  • Sexually assaulting a woman or girl
  • Sexually exploiting or enslaving a woman or girl
  • Sexually abusing a woman or girl
  • Forcing a woman or girl into prostitution, slavery or trafficking
  • Depriving a woman of her liberty
  • Denying a woman of economic benefit without just cause
  • Exposing any woman or girl to forced labour
  • Forcing any woman to isolate herself from family and friendimg_20161206_110415
  • Inflicting any emotional abuse on a woman
  • Abandoning wife or children without any means of subsistence
  • Stalking or intimidating woman or girl
  • Inflicting any domestic violence on a woman or girl
  • Imposition of dress codes under any guise
  • Criminalizing pregnancy outside marriage
  • Trafficking in women and girls
  • Inflicting physical injury on another
  • Female circumcision or genital mutilationimg_20161206_111042
  • Forcefully ejection from home
  • Depriving a person of his or her liberty
  • Damage to property with intent to cause distress
  • Harmful widowhood practices
  • Emotional, verbal and psychological abuse
  • Incest
  • Indecent Exposure

Participants were duly informed that these acts are offences under the Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Law, 2011 and Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.

All the participants agreed that acts of gender-based violence against women are barbaric, and that they must stop, and that victims must be assisted by all means possible within the bounds of law to get justice. [FOR MORE PICTURES, click here]