First Lady of Ekiti, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji, said the South Western state would establish and equip gender courts as one of the ways to tackle Gender-Based Violence (GBV), which she described as a hydra-headed problem.
Olayemi said that the GBV required a multidimensional solution that would involve a multi-sectoral approach, adding that the government would look inwards into the already existing structures to resolve new challenges.
The wife of the governor stated this in an interactive session with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, as parts of activities marking the year 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.”
Dr Oyebanji expressed gratitude to the state governor, Abiodun Oyebanji, for creating an enabling environment and support in 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.”
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 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.
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.