Gender-based violence a global pandemic – Bishop Ibezim

From Odogwu Emeka Odogwu

The Archbishop, Province on the Niger, Anglican Communion, and Bishop of Awka Anglican Diocese, Archbishop Chibuzor Alexander Ibezim has said that gender based violence is a global pandemic that must be tackled head-on.

Bishop Ibezim stated this in a message to the women to mark the 2020 Mothering Sunday celebration, adding that women must rededicate themselves to praying against the continued injustices in the society.

He decried the wide gap between women and men in the labour force, which showed that women and girls have been segregated and by extension, suffering from extreme poverty. He said all hands must be on deck to reduce the gap between men and women in securing jobs in the labour market.

Archbishop Ibezim said further: “Gender based violence is a global pandemic that affects one in 3 women. I urge society to frown at gender-based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG) in its all ramifications. It’s belittling for us as a people.”

“This year’s mothering Sunday, I am of the opinion that if the society collectively and deliberately rise against gender inequality, we have begun a move to fight and reduce poverty in our societies and opening up for better and sustainable development, good governance and a progressive society.

“I advocate actions targeted at empowering women in all facets of life and career by shunning domination by a single sex in work places. Women should be considered in leadership roles and not be stereotyped or discriminated. Individuals, be them women or men, people with right attributes should be given leadership roles.

I challenge women already in position to mentor others and as well assist other women to advance in their chosen careers. I encourage organizations to improve on their childcare support facilities as lack of childcare and inadequate childcare support from organizations reduces chances of female participation in some career belts.”

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