IFAD steps up campaign against rape and child abuse in Lagos


Through Lukman Olabiyi

International The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) said the opening of its branch in Ikorodu, Lagos State will step up the campaign against rape, child abuse, human trafficking and other social ills affecting women and children.

IFAD President Philomena Nneji said: “There has been an increase in the incidence rate of all forms of violence in different communities in Lagos, especially gender-based violence, harmful traditional / cultural practices which are contrary to natural justice, equity and good conscience. .

“Community members here face many challenges in accessing FIDA Nigeria, the Lagos State branch in the Makoko region of Yaba. Although it has always been very tedious and difficult to access this community for programs. It is interesting to note, however, that despite the long distance, IFAD’s presence, through its activities, has had an impact and members of this community can attest to that.

“FIDA is still overwhelmed by a large number of distress calls from victims of violence, who are crying on the phone and complaining about the distance. It calls for serious concern, it calls for concern.

“Members of the new branch must jealously protect and guard the image of our reverend organization. Therefore, I advise with a critical emphasis on the need for a full commitment to pro bono service and respect for constituted authority, both at the national level and at the branch level.

National Publicity Secretary Eliana Martin said: “Our main objectives include the promotion, protection and preservation of the rights and interests of indigent and vulnerable members of society, especially women, children and individuals. with disabilities.

FIDA National Vice-President (CVP) Rhoda Previal ​​Tyoden charged the new branch with the association’s core values, namely: transparency, accountability, teamwork, integrity, mutual respect, commitment, service and impartiality.

Branch President Abimbola Obaseki said she was ready to serve and campaign against all forms of violence against women, children, youth and people with disabilities in every nook and cranny around Ikorodu.

Vice-President Fadahunsi Alero Henrietta regretted that the few victims of drug abuse who know their rights are afraid of the stigma and threats of the perpetrator.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) Esther Anayo said: “For any society to enjoy peace, we must stop the violence and find better ways to communicate effectively and with respect.

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