The Government of Lagos State on Tuesday said any form of violence against women in the state would be met with stiff penalty.
It insisted that it would not rest until all forms of discrimination and violence against women were stopped in the state.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande, stated this during a press briefing on ‘Ewuro Project,’ an initiative meant to tackle violence against women in the country.
Akande said the government would use art, drama, music and poetry to engage and reawaken the minds of Nigerians to the plights of Nigerian women.
She said, “Cases of discrimination, persecution and violence against women in Nigeria is rampant to the point of becoming a norm. A 2012 gender report stated that in Nigeria, many rural women of between ages 15 and 24 accepted that it is reasonable for a husband to beat his wife if she burns the food or refuses sex or goes out without his permission.”
She explained that the Ewuro Project performance was slated for the later part of the year and would hold in various communities to further drive home the message to rural dwellers.
“Ewuro is the Yoruba representation of the popular bitter leaf and we all know how the bitter leaf tastes when first consumed. This depicts the current plight of many of our women,” She said.
Akande said the decision of the ministry to be part of the project was because it wanted to continually engage in productive conversations about the plights of women and alleviation of poverty.
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