Kwara State First Lady Olufolake AbdulRazaq, has advocated for massive support against the scourge of gender-based violence and sexual abuse in the state.
The First Lady who led thousands of women on a street walk against gender-based violence and sexual abuse in Ilorin, the state capital on Saturday, said there was the need to create awareness on the violence against women and girls with the aim of putting a stop to it.
The women began walking from the State Banquet Hall in Ilorin, through Ahmadu Bello Way, Challenge and Post Office carried placards with inscriptions like; stop Child Abuse, walk against rape, end rape, keep hope alive and Kwara says No to Domestic Violence.
AbdulRazaq said gender-based violence comes in different forms and could be found in the family, community and in the society.
“It is an act of violence that results in or likely to result to physical, sexual or psychological harm or damages to the woman, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life,” the First Lady said.