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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Ekiti first lady seeks state of emergency on sexual violence - NaijaAgroNet

The government of Ekiti State has been urged to declare a state of emergency on sexual violence in the country, reports NaijaAgroNet.

This call was made by the first lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi saying that such declaration would bring about the political will to fight the scourge adding states that had passed the law on Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act would be able to implement the law to the fullest.

The Wife of the Governor who stated this in her keynote address at the 20th anniversary of Project Alert on Violence Against Women in Lagos, on Friday, the passage of the VAPP law will lend support to the array of women organizations that work in very remote hard- to -reach areas.

“It has taken a long time but we have some laws in place. We have the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, and out of the 36 States of Nigeria, only 11 States have domesticated this law. Even for those who have domesticated the law, there is an issue of resources. We are talking about financial resources, human resources, materials resources, as well as technical resources.

“We do need resources to push these issues through but we need the political will to drive the allocation of those resources. I will like to lend my voice to the voice of all the feminist organizations, human rights and civil society organizations in the country, calling for more attention to what has now become a national pandemic of gender-based violence, particularly sexual violence.

“In my own opinion, I believe we need the State of Emergency in Nigeria on sexual violence in particular. I think we need to call for more political will and that will hopefully drive things such as ensuring that those States who have passed the VAPP Act can implement it to the fullest, at least try their best.

“I will like to call for political will, I will like to call for resources and I will like to also call for a lot more partnerships and information sharing.

The Ekiti First Lady charged the participating organisations to focus their effort more on community engagement.

“I am based in Ekiti, which is a predominantly rural state, and so it’s not a State where everyone can have access to information via what’s happening on TV, Radio and so on.

“And so there are certain gatekeepers that we need to engage, who still hold deeply conservative views. A lot of religious leaders, traditional rulers, we have female chiefs, we have a whole array of people. We need to do a lot more work there. Because if communities don’t own response to gender-based violence, God forbid that sexual violence then become normalize.”

A major highlight of the event was the inter-generational dialogue on Gender –based violence. The Ekiti State First Lady was also honoured with the Excellence Award in Women's Rights Activism by Project Alert.

Uj. N. Dominic/Editor

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Global warming is no joke, says Earth Day Network, seeks charity support - NaijaAgroNet

Experts at the Earth Day Network have said that definitely, global warming is not cool as they called for support with new charity T-shirt, reports NaijaAgroNet.

They also said that supports tend to feel good when using the T-shirt, but warned that global warming is no joke.

The proceeds, NaijaAgroNet gathered would be in support for the network’s climate change campaign.

“All proceeds will go to support our climate change campaign,” they said, revealing that the T-shirt is now available in organize 100 per cent cotton.

“Four consecutive years — 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 — saw record heat for planet Earth. Will 2018 break records again? Wear the shirt that asks that question and stand with Earth Day Network as we work to keep our planet green and cool,” they urged.

Also, they pointed out that from normally chilly Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, hot weather records are being broken this July, just as Denver hit 105.

“In Quebec, at least 54 people died from extreme heat conditions,” the Earth Day team declared.
Even as the Arctic Ocean coast in northern Siberia temperatures saw temperatures soaring to 90 degrees. That’s 40 degrees above normal.

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