Edo State Government has mobilized women at the grassroots across the state to lend their voices against gender-based violence, urging them to speak up against the menace. Speaking during a rally organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, held in Oria, Esan South East Local Government Area, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Magdalene Ohenhen said that the charge was necessary to ensure that the vulnerable in the society will be assured that there are structures available to protect them.
She said the rally was organized by the Ministry as part of activities lined up for the 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, themed ‘Hear Me Too.’
Participants at the rally included chairpersons and presiding officers of the Ministry in the different local government areas. The commissioner noted that the time has come for women who are victims of gender-based violence to come out of the closet and stop suffering in silence. She said that women must speak up because chances are that remaining silent might prove too costly.