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 began 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.
“I warn that women should not be subjected to torture and harassment in workplaces as it deters them from aspiring to break the glass ceiling. Workplaces should not be unsympathetic to working mothers.
“Women empowerment brings in inclusive, fair and balanced society. “
Bishop Ibezim also decried the rate of homicides in recent times and the rate at which women kill their husbands for their lovers. He said that the society must rise against the monster in the form of domestic violence adding that Killing should not be part of problem resolution as it does not end the situation.
The Anglican Bishop of Awka went further to condemn lecturers and teachers in the Tertiary institution who indulge or encourage sex for mark describing it as blight on the society that undermines collective efforts to bequeath a morally upright society to posterity. He said that it is a dangerous phenomena and hydra headed monster that must be fought to submission. He charged the university authorities to be decisive on the challenge and rid the academic institutions of all undesirable elements.
He added that FG and ASUU must reach a common ground and resolve the festering IPPIS crisis in the interest of the students. He said that the Federal Government must consider the peculiarities of tertiary Institutions Academic Staff both at Colleges, Polytechnics and Universities during implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).