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WEPBI Launches Online Media Tv “Witness Experience” To Fight Violence Against Women, Girls

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Participants at the Launch of WEPBI media tv called witness experience

ENUGU–The Women Empowerment Education And Peace Building Initiative (WEPBI) an NGO, has launched an online media tv called “witness experience” for women and girls to share their stories and seek redress when violated.

The platform will also offer counseling for those passing through psychological trauma as a result of violence.

Unveiling the platform in Enugu on Thursday, the Executive Director of the NGO, Joy Ijeoma Oguadimma, said WEPBI Media a.k.a “Witness Experience” would deal decisively with issues of violence against women and girls.

She adduced that women were still under the cloak of rape and domestic violence.

“Society has negatively transformed with marriages and the girl child going through turbulent circumstances.

“For instance, domestic violence and other forms of marital abuses, girl child rape and abuse, molestation, sex for grade, female genital mutilation-cutting( FGM-C) ritualist relationships, and other multi-dimentional abuses and maltreatment are becoming normalized.

“Again, the conception of marriage in Nigerian society where most women have no idea of prenuptial agreements; let alone entering into any has exacerbated these and other related issues.

“Notwithstanding, the predominant culture of silence have made it practically almost impossible for these victims to speak out, nor able to defend themselves leaving them at the mercy of their oppressors who at some instance pretends to be the victim.

“With all these going on unabated, WEPBI is therefore poised to bridge the gap by identifying such persons within society, recording their witness experience and bringing it to mainstream social discuss towards ameliorating their challenges towards building a just egalitarian society where no gender is subjugated or treated as less human,” she said.

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Oguadimma said the organization would soon embark on massive sensitization to schools to encourage girls to speak up against abuse.

Executive Director, WEPBI, Joy .I. Oguadimma.

She stressed the need for women to be bold to report some cases to the organization and other relevant agencies for redress.

She advocated synergy among stakeholders to eliminate all forms of harmful cultural, religious, social norms and beliefs that scale up violence against women and inhibit their development.

WEPBI is saddled with the mandate to create an equitable society in which everyone enjoy their rights irrespective of gender, creed and other affiliations.

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