By Augustine Anioke
Wife of Ebonyi state Governor, Mrs. Rachael Umahi has called on Traditional and Religious Leaders in South East to end Gender-Based Violence(GBV) and other harmful practices in the region.
She said the acts were sadly on the increase in south east especially in Ebonyi and Imo states despite the war against them.
Mrs. Umahi spoke in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state during Traditional and Religious Leaders south east summit on ending Gender-Based Violence and harmful practices organized by her office.
Mrs. Umahi who was represented by her Special Assistant on Welfare Matters, Mrs. Patience Ofor Okorie, said the traditional and religious leaders know the best approach to eliminate the malady as people that are always with the people.
“The reason for this summit is to discuss the best way to end Gender Based Violence and other harmful practices in our zone.
“Through my pet project, family succor and upliftment foundation, we discovered some pertinent challenges facing our people especially Female Genital Mutilation, rape, child labour, harmful traditional practices and other forms of Gender-Based Violence. This problems are seriously being addressed.
“However, with all the efforts made so far, Gender-Based Violence is sadly on the increase especially in Ebonyi and Imo states. Therefore, we should ultimately resolve to come together to end GBV in south east.
“I believe that this our resolve is demonstrated by your presence today. By the reason of coming here, you are going home to carry this message.
“As religious and traditional rulers and religious leaders, I know you are always with the people and know the best approach to eliminate this malady. I need your support at this critical times to save victims most of whom are women and children”.
Chairman, South East Traditional Rulers’ Council, HRH Charles Mkpuma assured that traditional rulers in the zone would be serious on the fight against the acts. ENDS