As part of activities marking the International Women’s Day, hundreds of women took to the streets in Lagos, weekend, to walk against rape in the society.
The women, whose protest walk came under the aegis of a non governmental organisation, Women Empowerment and Legal Aid WELA, marched to Lagos State House of Assembly, among other places, to vent their anger against the phenomenon.
Speaking during the walk, leader of the NGO, Mrs Funmi Falana, said violence against women in public and domestic life had continued to increase, as cases of rape and spousal murder had also become very rampant in the society.
She noted that a recent visit to Kirikiri prison showed that about 70 per cent of men awaiting trial for alleged murder of their spouses during violence in the home had been on the increase in recent years.
She said apart from the fact that men outnumbered women in public offices, there was no improvement on the complaint about violence against women in public and domestic settings.
She urged the speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was represented by Mrs Funmi Tejuosho, Chairman, House Committee on Finance, to propagate some of the nation’s laws to assist in the proper prosecution.
Meanwhile Tejuosho, who welcomed the NGO, said the House was working tirelessly towards making the issue of rape and violence against women a thing of the past.
She said they had been able to sensitise market women and that they were going to take the law to the nooks and crannies of the country.
According to her, the laws, which had been written in English language would be translated to Igbo and Yoruba.