Female journalists in Imo State under the auspices of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Imo State Chapter, joined other women groups and organizations in the State to protest against the incessant rape of females especially the girl child in the country.
They described suc dastardly act as a menace to humanity and society.
The Imo State Chairman of NAWOJ, Vivian Ottih, was represented in the protest by the State Vice Chairman, Mrs Nnaji Dorothy, which was held in Owerri, recently.
According to Ottih “the protest started from Judiciary House and ended at the State Government House where we were received by the wife of the Governor, Mrs Chioma Uzodinma, who was represented by the Commissioner for Gender and Vulnerable Group, Mrs Nkechi Ngwu”.
NAWOJ regretted that violation of females especially the girl child is an ill- wind that shatters the rights and dignity of females who fell victim of rape and urged the authority to enact law that can protect females against rape, abuse or molestation, adding that rapists or culprits should be published to curtail rape.
However, the Governor’s wife said “in affirmation imo women have said no to rape and hailed the women for matching to the streets to condemn the anomaly against the female gender”.
Notably, the various groups that took part in the protest include: Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Imo State Committee on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls ISCEVAWG, International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Ladies for Senator Hope Uzodimma, Girls Guides Association, Imo State, National Council of Women Societies, A Call to Serve, A Mission to Fulfill ( My Calling, Inc) and Ministry of Gender and Vulnerable Group.