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In an effort to combat Gender-Based Violence (GBV), which she characterized as a multifaceted problem, Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji, the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, announced plans to establish and equip gender courts in the state.

All Nigeria Latest News reports that the First Lady emphasized that addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) demands a multidimensional solution through a multi-sectoral approach. She mentioned that the government would assess existing structures in the state, adapting them to accommodate new challenges in the fight against GBV.

Dr. Oyebanji conveyed this during an interactive session with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, as part of the activities commemorating the 2022 edition of the 16 days of activism against violence targeting 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 witness of sexual violence crime protection, mandatory reporting, among others.”

The wife of the Ekiti governor expressed her appreciation to Governor Abiodun Oyebanji for fostering an enabling environment and providing support to ensure the observance of the global event 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.”

As parts of the programmes lined 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 designed a lot of 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.

“There will be school outreach programmes and a mega rally where Ekiti women from across the 16 local governments and 19 local governments development areas will join me, her Excellency the Deputy Governor and the Secretary to the State Government in an awareness rally in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday 30th November.”

Dr. Oyebanji reiterated her commitment to following in the footsteps of her predecessor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, citing the admirable legacies left behind in the quest to end violence against women.

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