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Women Lawyers Take Anti-Sexual Violence Campaign to Schools

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The Child Rights Act 2003 and the Child Rights Law of Lagos State 2007 are in the best interest of children, the Chairperson, International  Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Nigeria), Lagos State  Branch, Mrs. Eliana Martins, has said.

She spoke during an outreach programme at the Igando Community High School in Lagos as part of FIDA’s Law Week. The  theme was:Ending violence against children and access to justice.

“Our laws in Nigeria are in the best interest of the child. They are also in conformity with international laws ratified by the government and domesticated in the laws of the country,” she said.

According to her, the laws were put in place to protect children against all forms of abuse including sexual and domestic violence, defilement, rape, hawking among others.

Martins urged the students report any sexual abuse rather than keeping quiet.

She urged them to guard against those who might want to take advantage of their youth pointing out that under the law, they have the right to freedom of expression and to be protected from abuse, defilement, torture, to their privacy.

The students, she said, have the right  not to share nor allow anybody to touch their body without their consent.

She said uncles, male friends, brothers, friends of their brothers among others, have no right to tough a female’s body.

The Chairperson led members of the association on a courtesy visit to the palace of the Onigandoof Igando land, Oba Lasisi Gbadebo Gbadamosi and sought his support for the campaign being waged on putting an end to  violence against children, particularly girls.

She educated the monarch on what constitute defilement, child abuse, rape among other sexual offences and how he could assist to curb the vicious trend and bring a change to the community.

In turn, Oba Gbadamosi promised  to co-operate with FIDA and other agencies to end the scourge in his community.

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