Nigeria: Edo State Government, in conjunction with Edo Women’s Development Initiative (EWDI), have decried all forms of violence against women. Declaring open the recent 2nd Edo Women’s conference with theme ‘Violence, Crime and Unemployment’, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole lamented that violence against women is one of the most frequent human rights violations yet one of the least prosecuted and urged those who had been victims of such violence to speak out and end the impunity.
Represented by the state commissioner for women affairs, Mrs. Blessing Maigida, Oshiomhole said “Violence against women has no less devastating effect and these affect their employment opportunities, and productivity both in their homes and places of work. The social and economic effect of violence against women are too grievous to be ignored, they are obstacles to achieving parts of the MDGs which serve as a framework for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and promoting gender equality and empowering women. We must develop a multi-faceted approach to this.
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