The Executive Director of Hope for Family Development Initiative(HFDI), Mr Aremu Stephen has called for an end to violence against women in politics.
He said this in Osogbo, Osun State capital while addressing a press conference on behalf of the Stop Violence against Women in Politics (Stop-VAWIP) campaigners.
He said 60 cases of violence against women were reported during the September 22nd gubernatorial election in Osun State.
Aremu said the cases were categorized under physical, sexual, psychological, , and economic threats and coercion.
He said the cases were verified and resolved by the implementing committee of Stop Violence against Women in Politics (Stop-VAWIP).
According to him, “Around the 2018 Osun gubernatorial election, the Stop-VAWIP campaign received 60 reports of Violence against Women in Politics.”
“Local Government Areas with high incidences of Violence against Women in Politics during the September 22nd gubernatorial election in Osun State include Atakumosa East, Ilesha East, Osogbo, Orolu and Odo-Otin local government areas.”
He said five major forms of violence against women were recorded during the election. He said most women faced physical and psychological violence while other experienced assault, beating, and hate language as well as threats and coercion.
He noted that some of the women who turned out to vote were either threatened or coerced to vote for a particular candidate.
He called on security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prosecute electoral offenders, particularly those that create an environment that is not conducive for women’s participation.
Aremu commended the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for its support.
His words “Stop-VAWIP Implementing Committee would like to appreciate the people of Osun who by and large went to the polls and participated peacefully, creating a positive enabling environment for women’s participation.”
“Stop-VAWIP would also like to recognize the men and women who actively support increasing women’s participation in politics.
He assured that the implementing committee would intensify campaign and advocacy for behavioral change by sensitizing the citizens on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), tracking and responding to cases of GBV, and encourage women’s participation in politics Osun state.