Enugu, March 8, 2016 (NAN) An Enugu based non-governmental organisation, Women Aid Collective (WACOL), on Tuesday unveiled a billboard to raise its campaign against rape as part of the 2016 International Women’s Day.
The billboard was erected by WACOL with support from its Tamar Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Tamar SARC).
The Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, who unveiled the bill board, said that the state government was committed to stemming the tide of sexual abuse.
Ezeilo said that efforts by Tamar SARC to rid the state of the menace were needed to achieve a better society.
She said that the centre had recorded significant feat in its avowed commitment to ensure that the girl-child had her rightful place in the society.
The deputy governor pledged that the state government would continue to accord the centre the needed support to attain its objectives.
Earlier, the Executive Director of WACOL, Dr Joy Ezeilo, said that the campaign was part of activities marking the 2016 International Women’s Day.
Ezeilo said that Tamar SARC was a subsidiary of WACOL, which had mounted aggressive campaign to tame the tide of increasing sexual assault in the state.
She regretted that the rate of rape in the state had become alarming, adding that no fewer than 400 cases had been reported to the centre in the last 15 months.
The former UN Rapporteur said that unveiling the billboard was significant as it would assist in the effort to break the culture of silence associated with rape and child abuse.
“We still believe that many rape cases are not reported due to the stigmatisation attached to it.
“We thank the Enugu State Police Command for helping us to break the culture of silence,” she said.
Ezeilo commended the state government for the support it had given to the project.
“This is part of our stop rape campaigns which is ongoing. We have enjoyed tremendous support of our partners.
“It is our belief that with the deputy governor championing this campaign, the state government will get to hear the cry of women,” Ezeilo said.
The campaign also features a four-day art exhibition against sexual violation by students of some higher institutions. (NAN)
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