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‘Female Speaks’ Advocates Against Gender-Based Violence

Female Speaks Initiative has urged the Nigerian populace to stop violence against women, stating that women should be treated with care and that any violence should be reported to the appropriate authorities.

This was made known in a program organised on Saturday, September 24, by Clarion Olusegun and sponsored by the Female Speaks Initiative in collaboration with Female and More.

Female Speaks Initiative is a project birthed by Female and More social impact, initiated by the Youngstars Foundation, a non-governmental organisation.

Female And More (FAM) is an online community designed to increase the self-esteem, voice and leadership skills of young women in Africa so they can think big, pursue greatness and reach their fullest potential in any endeavour of their choice.

The project is aimed at ending gender-based violence, which has eaten deep into society.

The Female Speaks project focuses on building and strengthening women globally, with the aim of finding a lasting solution to the issue of Violence against Girls/Women, ranging from rape, girl child molestation and abuse to teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

The program, which started on September 4 with 20 days of online activism, has enlightened people on the evils of violence against girls and women, encouraging parents and society to ensure women are free from torture, harassment, and assault.

During her speech, Mrs Helen Oladele, a teen counsellor and intentional parenting advocate urged girls always to report any suspicious person to the relevant authorities and also to be weary of men they interact with.

Oladele urged the government to help advocate against violence and assault against girls, adding that society can also contribute to stopping the violence and assault levelled against women.

Meanwhile, part of the activities at the seminar included group interaction, which allowed participants to discuss the way out to shun violence, coupled with a solidarity walk to aid the campaign against violence directed at women.

In an interview with the convener, Clarion Olusegun explained that she was thrilled to see an opportunity to give back to society.

She said, “I felt great, knowing that it is an opportunity for me to impact and give back to society. Observing these menaces in the country and violence against women and girls being one of the backwoods of our country it calls for an immediate reduction in productivity and growth.”

“It is an avenue for me to achieve dreams and goals, as it is always my dream to impact and be effective.”

However, Clarion urged Nigerians to be watchful and shun violence against women in the society and also beseeched the security agencies to swing into action once any violence is reported, urging the government also to enlighten people on how to be self-defensive once there is any violence.

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