Lagos to tackle gender issues

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Government says it is venturing into partnership on a creative initiative tagged ‘Ewuro Project’ to address gender-based issues, such as domestic and sexual violence, as well as stigmatization.

The ‘Ewuro Project’ is to highlight the anomalies and evoke public discourse through the use of art, music, drama and poetry.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Lola Akande in an interactive session explained that the project would also reawaken the minds of Nigerians to the true plight of Nigerian women.

She also mentioned the government’s position on recent survey conducted by Lagos State and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which revealed that approximately six out of every ten children experienced some form of violence.

According to her,  the study further shows that one in four girls and one in ten boys experience sexual violence.
“The Ewuro Broadway project will expose instances of violence against women through experience by the lives of characters via irresistible hybrid of drama, poetry, music and dance, the Ewuro story speaks to the aggressors and the victims alike, challenging the aggressors and empowering the victims, our responsibilities is to vigorously eliminate all forms of discrimination against women which we have been doing using various platforms, one of the major highlights of the
project is to support selected non profit organisations that empower women who had been or still under -going rehabilitation from the wounds and pains of domestic violence and discrimination,”
she explained.

Mrs Akande called for the support from international community, corporate Bodies, spirited individuals and religious organisations to ensure resounding success of a better life for women.

She highlighted that this year’s edition would take an elaborate dimension, as the Ministry would inculcate series of activities to build up people before the eventual dovetail into production from the 16th to the 18th of December, 2016.

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