The wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Olayemi Oyebanji, says the state will establish and equip gender courts in the state as one of the ways of ending gender-based violence, which she describes as a hydra-headed problem.
Olayemi said that the GBV required a multidimensional solution involving a multi-sectoral approach, adding that the government would look into existing structures to resolve new challenges.
The governor’s wife stated this in an interactive session with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, as part of the activities marking the 2022 edition of the 16 days of activism of no violence against women and children.
She said, “We will ensure that we gazette all our public policy laws and also review some of our laws to include whistle blowers and sexual violence crime protection, and mandatory reporting, among others.”
Oyebanji expressed gratitude to the state governor, Abiodun Oyebanji, for creating an enabling environment and supporting ensuring that the global event is observed in Ekiti state.
“He has shown himself not only as a leader but also as a person who has passion for the development of women in Ekiti state as we commemorate the 16 days of activism,” she said.
As part of the programmes to mark the global event, she said that stakeholders, including the MDAs, civil society organisations, and the gender and vulnerable person’s unit of her office, have planned many activities.
“Some of the activities include, but not limited to, sensitisation of key and relevant stakeholders on GBV, media engagement, awareness creation across the state, and community dialogue sessions,” Mrs Oyebanji disclosed.
She, however, reiterated her determination to work in the footsteps of her predecessor, Bisi Fayemi, who she said, left beautiful legacies in her determination to end violence against women.