Vivacious Development Initiative, an NGO, has started a community campaign to promote zero-tolerance for gender-based violence.
Miss Onyinyechi Nwosu, the President of the organisation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Umuahia that the initiative was an important step toward creating a safe and respectful environment for people.
According to her, recent happenings in the society have made it necessary for every member of the society to make the fight against gender-based violence a priority.
Nwosu told NAN that the decision to embark on the campaign was necessitated by the need to encourage the people of Abia to be actively involved in deepening efforts toward reducing gender-based violence.
“I have organised talk shows on gender-based violence and it is disheartening to know that most women have accepted it as a way of life.
“Interestingly, on further interaction, one will realise that they want to change the situation but lack the will power and knowledge to do so.
“I plan to get to the grassroots to talk to traditional rulers and their cabinet members, also to women and children on the forms of gender-based violence and how to stop them.’’
Nwosu appealed to relevant agencies to provide avenues to emphasise the importance of respecting the rights of every individual, stressing that respect for human rights would make the society a better place.
She said that any society that did not prioritise the safety and well-being of its members would not thrive economically.
“We are focusing on reaching every community in Abia, especially the ones in the rural areas.”
She said that the organisation recently had an interface with the people of Umuola-Egelu community, in Aba North Local Government Area on the need to stop gender-based violence.
“We have also visited no fewer than five schools in Aba and environs, to sensitise children on sexual abuse, what to look out and what to do; we hope to cover more grounds soon.
“At the end of our campaign in each community, we have noticed that the mindset of the members have changed,” for better,” Nwosu said.