Ipas Country Director seeks end to rape in Nigeria

Cynthia Okere, Lagos

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Nigeria has been advised to develop and implement policies that will help in the fight against sexual abuse.

The Country Director of Ipas, Mrs Hauwa Shekarau gave advice during the 2018 Family Week Seminar of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, Lagos state Chapter. Ipas is a global non-profit organisation that works to increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, and to end deaths and injuries from unsafe abortion.

Mrs Shekarau encouraged rape victims to always speak in order to get the necessary support and protection that would help them get over the shock.

She said not speaking out could lead to depression, low self-esteem, flashbacks, fear and difficulty with intimacy.

Mrs Shekarau however, urged religious leaders, parents, teachers and well meaning Nigerians to rise up against sexual abuse to tackle it in the society.

Silence does not bring the changes we need in our society.

There is no way the society will be sane if we do not speak out our problems. It is only in speaking out that we can receive help and necessary information that will guide us properly,’’ she explained.

A family life therapist and sexuality coach, Mrs. Florence Oga advised parents to pay attention to the sexuality of their children and educate them on the realities of rape.

Mrs. Oga urged parents to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in them and find other means of income away from salary to have quality time with them.

She encouraged parents to always speak out or report rape cases.

“The society should always applaud any parent that comes out to report a rape case. There is no way rape case will be tackled if stigmatization continues within our communities,’’ she added.

The theme for this year’s seminar is “Ensuring a Saner Society Playing Our Roles.”

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere