Ambode’s wife urges women to speak out against domestic violence
The First Lady of Lagos State Bolanle Ambode
Wife of Lagos State governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, and deputy governor of the state, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, yesterday pleaded with women to pay attention to their health and speak out against social vices, like domestic violence, child abuse and rape.
They spoke in Lagos at an event organised by the First Lady to address issues about women’s health and recurring social vices in the society.
Mrs. Ambode, who observed that good health was a prerequisite for everything in life, including children, family, and business, stressed that without good health, nothing meaningful could be achieved.
Condemning the prevalence of social nuisance in the society, she implored women to boldly voice out their discontent against domestic violence, child abuse, rape and teenage pregnancy.
Describing any form of violence against women as barbaric and unacceptable, she urged women to seek to know their rights under the law, shun silence, and be vocal on their own cause.
Also speaking, the deputy governor stated that the forum provided a platform where women could engage in sustainable discourse to increase their knowledge and enhance their awareness on health and well-being.
Adebule said it was unfortunate that 23 years after countries signed pledges in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, women still face many health-cum-social problems, saying that there was need for recommitment to address them.
She, however, appealed to all women to join hands with the government in winning the battle against dogmas inimical to healthy lifestyle and social malaise of domestic violence, child abuse, rape and teenage pregnancy.