The Justice Development and Peace Centre (JDPC), has said the state is the only Southwest state yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act.
It noted the rising rate of violence against women and sought improved life-saving services for women and girls.
The JDPC Programme Officer, Catholic Diocese, Akure, Mr. Austin Ogunleye, speaking at the 16- days of activism against gender-based violence in Akure, disclosed that its survey indicated that women also suffered economic violence, ranging from lack of quality education, healthcare, among others, needed to enhance their productivity.
Ogunleye, who is also the state Co-ordinator of STOP-VAWIP, noted that there was need to engage women as allies to reduce violence against selves, revealing the hash-tag, “MenMustDoMore.”
He called on the State House of Assembly, as a matter of urgency, to quickly review and enact the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Bill to provide protection for women.
The students president equally urged the citizens of the state to start engaging their representatives at the Assembly on the bill, assuring that its passage would address issues of violence in all ramifications and comprehensively too.
“We want to use this opportunity to appreciate Ondo State Government for transmitting the VAPP draft to the House of Assembly. This for us is a good development. “However, we want to call on the honourable members of Ondo State House of Assembly to expedite action on the VAPP draft. The VAPP draft, when passed into law, will further enhance the fight against gender-based violence in the state “.
Ogunleye also sought for more prosecution of those apprehended for gender-based violence, adding that the state needs their patriotism in fighting the social menace. “We wish to call on the Chief Judge of Ondo State to make sure that cases of gender-based violence are given speedy trial. More so, we call on the government through the office of the wife of the governor, to do more in providing quality education, healthcare and other social amenities that will dignify women of Ondo State “.
“Also, the Office of the wife of the governor should provide empowerment for women so we can have more women contributing to the economy of the state and nation as a whole,” he further said.
JDPC promised continuous advocacy for behavioural change, sensitize citizens, track and respond to cases of gender-based violence and improve on women’s political participation in the state.