By Nafisat Arogundade, Osogbo
A non-governmental Organization, ‘Society For Life Changer And Good Parental Care’ (SoLife) in collaboration with United Nations women, has organised a two-day capacity building training for media practitioner against Gender Based Violence (GBV) for women and girls living with disabilities in Osun and Kwara States.
The training which was aimed at empowering women and girls living with disabilities through the improved social inclusion and eliminating gender based violence in the state, was attended by journalists across the local government areas of the state.
Speaking at the training which was held in Osogbo, the state capital, Adeola Falana, the empower project Programme Manager, disclosed that the programme was organized in order to look at the rate women and girls living with disabilities are being abused
in the society and the possible way to eliminate gender based violence.
According to Falana, the training would also encourage those that have been maltreated one way or the other to always report whenever their rights are being violated.
She, however, said that the project will hold in 15 local government areas in Osun and Kwara states.
The local government areas include, Iwo, Ilesha East, Ilesha West, Osogbo, Olorunda, Ife East, Ife Central, Ede North and Ede South. While that of Kwara state are, Oyun, Irepodun, Offa, Ilorin West and Ilorin South.
“According to United Nations, some 10% of the world’s population approximately 650million people, lives with a disability. They are the world’s largest minority, and some 80% of them live in developing countries, including Nigeria. Among the world’s poorest people, 20% have a kind of disability.
“The 2011 World report on Disability indicates that female disability prevalence rate is 19.2% whereas 12% for men. Studies show that women and girls with disabilities are victims of abuse on a far greater scale than persons without disabilities,” she said.
She also disclosed that the group in the first year of it project, has trained over 75 girls on what violence is and how to protect themselves against violence saying “during the COVID-19 lockdown, we also moved from door to door to help people with disability that put call to us and we assisted 1,000 girls and women of things they informed us they are lacking.”
Barrister Wonder Ajibobola, the organization legal adviser, however, urged the media practitioners across the states to be detailed in their report on GBV story.
CityMirrorNews reports that certificate was presented to all the participants.
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