GENDER BASE VIOLENCE A GLOBAL PANDEMIC – BISHOP IBEZIM
The Archbishop, Province on the Niger, Anglican Communion, and Bishop of Awka Anglican Diocese, Archbishop Chibuzor Alexander Ibezim has said that gender based violence is a global pandemic that must be tackled head-on.
Archbishop Ibezim who stated this in his message to women in commemoration of the 2020 mothering Sunday celebration, asked women to rededicate themselves to praying against the continued injustices in the society.
He decried the wide gap between women and men in the labour force, which showed that women and girls have been segregated and by extension, suffering from extreme poverty. He said all hands must be on deck to reduce the gap between men and women in securing jobs in the labour market.
According to Archbishop Ibezim, Gender based violence is a global pandemic that affects one in 3 women and urged society to frown at gender-based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG) in its all ramifications as it’s belittling for us as a people.” he said.
“This year’s mothering Sunday, I am of the opinion that if the society collectively and deliberately rise against gender inequality, it means we have begun a move to fight and reduce poverty in our societies and opening up for better and sustainable development, good governance and a progressive society.
“I advocate actions targeted at empowering women in all facets of life and career by shunning domination by a single sex in work places. Women should be considered in leadership roles and not be stereotyped or discriminated. Individuals, be they women or men, people with right attributes should be given leadership roles.
The Archbishop however, challenged women already in position to mentor others and as well assist other women to advance in their chosen careers. He encouraged organizations to improve on their childcare support facilities as lack of childcare and inadequate childcare support from organizations reduces chances of female participation in some career belts.
“I warn that women should not be subjected to torture and harassment in workplaces as it deters them from aspiring to break the glass ceiling. Workplaces should not be unsympathetic to working mothers for women empowerment brings in inclusive, fair and balanced society. “
Archbishop Ibezim also decried the rate of homicides in recent times and the rate at which women kill their husbands for their lovers saying that society must rise against the monster in the form of domestic violence and killing should not be part of problem resolution as it does not end the situation.
He also condemned University lecturers who indulge or encourage sex for marks describing it as blight on society that undermines collective efforts to bequeath a morally upright society to posterity. Archbishop Ibezim, described it as a dangerous phenomenon and hydra headed monster that must be fought to submission and charged university authorities to be decisive on the challenge to rid academic institutions of all undesirable elements.
According to him, FG and ASUU must reach a common ground and resolve the festering IPPIS crisis in the interest of the students asking the Federal Government to consider the peculiarities of tertiary Institutions, Academic Staff both at Colleges, Polytechnics and Universities during implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).