Wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu wants Nigerian women to rise up against domestic violence in the country.
Speaking at the fourth edition of Lagos based Imo women’s August Meeting /Empowerment with the theme “Impact of Domestic Violence on families” held at the Basket ball pitch of the National Stadium Surulere Lagos, Mrs Akeredolu said domestic violence is one of the major violations of human rights in Nigeria,one of the least prosecuted crimes and one of the greatest threats to the lasting peace and development in our societies and challenged women to use their unique endowements to stop domestic violence in the country.
The Imo born Ondo First Lady called on women lawmakers, women lawyers (FIDA) religious women organization, women led NGOs to take proactive measures in their capacities to end domestic violence which according to her affects the women.
Mrs Akeredolu was at the occasion honoured as “Ojere Mba turu Ugo” (meaning-honoured in another land) by the women.
In her address, the leader of the forum, Chief Mrs. Lilian Amakor said the August meeting has afforded Imo women living in the south western part of Nigeria the opportunity of gathering together to share precious moments, chart a strong course of unity, social political and economic development.
The wives of Imo and Lagos State Governors in their different goodwill messages observed that women are major stakeholders in nation building and called on them to use their motherly roles to end domestic violence in our families.