Group uses football to kick against gender-based violence

PHOTO:Football Fancast

The Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) at the weekend held a football match to sensitize the public on the need to end gender-based violence (GBV).

The event, which came up at Yabatech Stadium in Lagos, was part of activities making the end of the 2017 United Nations programme GBV.

Highlight of the event was the symbolic kicking out of GBV by 500 male and female participants, who had a football.

According to the executive director WARDC, Dr. Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode, the kick-out was not just symbolic, but it also a step further to speak against the ills of the recurring cases of GBV in the society. It is also a call on relevant agencies to bring to book all perpetrators.

Afolabi-Akiyode said: “The 16 days of activism against GBV is also a time to remember victims and survivors of GBV and further re-evaluate the effectiveness of interventions currently in place to address the problem.”

Afolabi-Akiyode had earlier called on the Federal Government to create more institutions to address the root causes of gender-based violence, the impunity that often went with the scourge, implement policies and enact laws, for a stronger national response that could support victims and survivors of violence.

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