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Beauty queen charges women, girls to speak out against GBV

From Esther Akaa, Lafia 

The reigning Miss Nasarawa, Faith Abimiku has charged women, young girls and boys who have been sexually abused or molested  to speak out, in order to get justice.

Abimiku gave the charge at a one-day sensitisation workshop  against Gender Based Violence (GBV), held on Saturday in Karu Local Government Area of the state.

According to her, many have gone through a lot in the hands of sexual abusers, especially the young ones but have remained in silence, hence the essence of the workshop, aimed at encouraging victims of GBV to speak out to enable them get justice.

“What inspired me is because of the stories I have been hearing. People have gone through a lot and seen a lot and as a young lady, I am trying to give my voice to the voiceless.

“We are here to help them; to make them take good advantage of this sensitisation, especially with regards to how to come out to speak out against Gender Based Violence because if they are quiet, it will not help their mental being.

“If I can use my office to help people by organising such programmes for them to come out and be sensitised on an issue that matters to them, I will be very happy,” she said.

Abimiku, however, said that the workshop was organised in collaboration with Emildda Health and Development Initiative, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) and will be held in the three senatorial districts in the state.

Also speaking, Miss Joan Fred, an official of Emildda Health and Development Initiative said the organisation was supporting the initiative to end GBV which she said was a violation of human rights.

“Our advise to victims is to speak up. We have cases of how people have lost their lives because of keeping quiet. We are in a free world. People should come out and talk. Nobody deserves to die in silence,” she stated.

Some participants, who spoke with The Voice, Jacob Bashayi and Esther Boniface, both  expressed gratitude to the organisers for the initiative, saying it will empower victims with the courage to speak up when they are violated.

The Voice reports that the sensitisation workshop had in attendance community elders, youth leaders, men and women of different ages living in Gidan  Zakara community in Karu LGA of the state.

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