Ekiti State Governor’s wife, Bisi Fayemi, has warned against criminal silence by various institutions to attacks on women and girl-child.
The governor’s wife, who identified three forms of violence against women as physical, sexual and psychological, urged the female gender never to keep quiet in an attempt to support a culture of impunity and terror.
Fayemi’s wife made this known while speaking on “Gender-Based Violence: Say No to Violence, Act Right Now,” during the 17th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Association of Resident Doctors at Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI).
She explained that conventional statistics has shown that one out of three women has been a victim or will be a victim of either one or a combination of these factors in life”.
Buttressing with stories of women who were victims of domestic violence, Bisi Fayemi captured the attention of the gathering consisting of representatives of Mater Christi Catholic Girls’ High School, Igede-Ekiti, Christ School, Ado-Ekiti, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) Medical College and Landmark University, Omu-Aran, in Kwara State.
She said: “If you are committed to ending or at least minimising violence against women or girls, we should be prepared to engage in challenging and transforming all the institutions and processes, which continue to undermine the progress of women and girls, regardless of their age, class and social standing. Our ultimate goal should be changing the story of abuse and violation and increasing the number of choices that women have.
“Anytime we collude in culture of silence in the face of violence, we are saying yes to its prolificacy. Widow abuse, female genital mutilation, child marriage, male preference over female and disinheritance of female child are no longer expected to be encouraged. And that’s why the roles of all our institutions are important,” she said.
FETHI CMD, Adekunle Ajayi, who lauded the governor’s wife for the thought-provoking lecture, expressed delight that she honoured the invitation to address the august gathering on the topical issues.
Ajayi said: “I want to specially welcome you to FETHI. Though we had issues that nearly consumed our corporate identity in 2016, in 2017, we managed to survive the storm and now, we can tell you that this hospital has run an uninterrupted service for 11 months except the unfortunate JOHESU nationwide strike in April and May this year.
“That doesn’t mean we are perfect, we still have so many challenges as patients still come to our hospital without having money and we have reasons to write off bills to the tune of N500,000 to N600,000 for indigent patients.
“Meanwhile, as part of our policies, we do not reject patients here. Once they come, we treat them and ensure good healthcare services are rendered to them under a conducive environment,” the CMD said.
FETHI ARD President, Dr. Adedayo Sanni, while appreciating contributions of the hospital management and his colleagues to the development and progress of the hospital, lauded Bisi Fayemi, saying: “Her experience and contributions shared today will go a long way in enlightening and reshaping the lives and thoughts of many of us.”