The African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) have vowed to protect victims of molestation. AWLA made this commitment during the fund raising and formal presentation of Awla Nigeria Compendium which was held recently at the Sheraton hotel Lagos.
The fund raising which was themed: “Preventing child molestation and protective measures for victims” was held to solicit support for victims of molestation and harassment.
Speaking at the occasion, the President of AWLA, Mrs Mandy Demechi-Asagba said “Team AWLA fund raising is all about getting stakeholders and groups of like minds who share the same vision and mission with us to continue to protect, promote, and preserve the rights of women and children in our environment. This cause is not for women lawyers alone, everyone should join our progress train.”
Some of the guest speakers at the occasion drawn from all works of life were Osasu Paul – Azino, Director, Pastor Bimbo Odukoya Foundation, Abiola Sholadoye, Chief Registrar High Court of Lagos, Princess Olufemi Kayode Asoka, and Patricia Chiegboka, Psychologist and psychotherapist.
Monday Oyekachi Ubani, the second Vice President of Nigeria bar Association spoke about the menace and also coordinated the speakers at the occasion.
The speakers spoke on the menace in different angles and emphasized on prevention rather than cure. “Parents especially mothers should be their children’s friends. Get them to talk about anything and everything. And parents should be observant always,” Mrs. Patricia Chiegboka said.
Dr Raymond Adegoke said, “Parents should properly dress their children, not in an obscene manner; and women should stop provoking men with their indecent dressing.”
The Oni of Ife was duly represented by his chiefs and promised to assist AWLA in any of their forthcoming projects.
It is the duty of everyone to fight this menace. That was the popular talk at the event. We all must be ready, parents, schools, religious bodies, state and federal government, corporate bodies and societal support.
“AWLA is working and ready to do more. However, we cannot do it alone. Kindly partner with us; if we all key into this noble cause for women and children, there is no doubt that our society will be a better place for us and we would experience security and peace which are necessary for progress.”
To partner with AWLA: call the emergency numbers 112 and 767 or
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