NGO Calls On Nigerians To Stop Violence On Disabilities, Women, Others


By Hammed Tajudeen, Osogbo

A non governmental organization, Society For Life Changers and Good Parental Care (SoLife), has called on Nigerians to shun violence on disabilities ,women and people living with chronicle disease.

The NGO on Thursday made the call at a press conference held in Osogbo, the state capital of Osun through its Monitor, Evaluation and Learning Manager, Odedeji Aanuoluwapo Victoria.

She maintained that SoLife is working to end violence against Girls and women with Disability through the improved social inclusion and eliminating gender based violence as approved by UN.

She listed Osogbo, Ikirun, Ila-Orangun, Ile-Ife,Iwo and Ejigbo as communities where the inhuman are rampant.

In her speech she said “The selected local governments were found to be discovered to have high rate of women and girls as victims of violence, particularly during and after election period.”

“The women and girls with disabilities who became survivals of violence became the target beneficiaries for this project which included 500 girls and women, 5,100 woman and girls with disabiliiies, 100 women and girls survivors of violence in the state and local government, while indirect beneficiaries of the project includes parents and guardians of persons with disabilitiess, community based groups, educational professionals, faith based irganizations and government officials”.

“According to the United Nations, some 10 percent of the world’s population, approximately 650 millions people lives with a disability. They are world largest minority and some 80 percent of them live in developing countries inincludinNigeria”.

She however said that they have completed plans in tackling this menace in our society by collaborating with stakeholders, such as government bodies, NGOs, media campaign, training teachers as counselors among others.

In his word, the SoLife Chairman Board of Trustees, Mr Aremu Steven Akinyele, stated that the expected result of SoLife is to empower residents of Osun and kwara State in order to improve access to safety and adequate standard of leaving for disabilities women and girls.

Aremu also emphasized that the SoLife project will focus on women and girls disabilities and handicap.

He enjoined citizens to work together to assure friendship with disabilities and promote mutual understanding and being brothers keeper of the people with physical challenges.

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