In a cross section of enthusiastic persons organised by Afrihealth Optinent Association, CSO, have harped on the need to end Gender-Based Violence, GBV, all around the world as Professor Hayat Gomma (Egypt) – full Professor at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria who was the lead speaker of the symposium stated that women and Children are on the receiving end of Gender Based Violence.
The webinar which was held on the 14 January, 2021, Hayat identified Gender Based Violence as any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will because of the person’s gender, which includes physical, sexual, mental harms through threat, coercion and deprivation of freedom inflicted in public and private environments.
Disclosing the acts, he said, these acts are replicated in forms such as child marriage, female genital mutilation, human trafficking for sex or slavery, intimate partner violence, physical punishment rape and other exploitation.
According to him, some of the effects of GBV are: sexually transmitted diseases (STDS), physical injuries, miscarriages, severe psychological conditions and even death.
However, he advised that governments should take precautionary measures in protecting Women and Children, pointing out that these set of people are the lifelines of every nation and as such, they should be given maximum protection.
Participants at the invent include: Gender-Based Violence (GBV) activists/champions/stakeholders from Bangladesh, Belgium, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South America, Sudan, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uganda, Untied Kingdom and Zimbabwe with over five hundred (500) activists/enthusiasts from all over the world.