Social Welfare Officers in Ogun State have been charged on the need to respond rapidly, as well as manage Gender Based Violence any time they come across such within the state.
The Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Funmi Eduwape made this call during a 3 Day Training on “Rapid Response/Management of Gender Based Violence Occurrence in The State for Social Welfare Officer” held at Women Development Center, Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta.
Efuwape, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs, Hon. Adijat Oladapo-Adeleye charged the officers as major player in combating the menace of gender based violence, to contribute their quoters to building a just society, free from discrimination against women and girl child.
The Commissioner added that despite many positive and significant achievements in politics and professional status of Women, gender based violence remains a wide spread problem at all level of life in the world .
She said “the state government was insist on eliminating all forms of violence in the state, as the state has zero tolerance to gender based violence and through the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the state is working relentlessly towards ensuring that gender based violence is being eliminated from our society”.
“I am therefore, urging you to be strengthened in your capacity in order to perform as expected” she charged.
Welcoming participants to the training, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs, Melutia Ogunremi, said , gender equality is the foundation for a peaceful and sustainable world and it includes the world being free from all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres.
“I will like to remind you that one of the vision of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is to build a just society free from discrimination against women and the girl-child, this training is therefore necessary for all social welfare officer as they play a major role in combating the menace of gender based violence” Melutia noted .
The guest lecturer, who is a seasoned Social Welfare Officer, Mr. Sunday Sannni spoke extensively on the various forms of abuse that have been accepted as normal norms in our society.