The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has called on women to speak out and be vanguards to expose any form of domestic violence in their neighbourhoods and communities.
She made the call in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop on Domestic Violence, organised by the ministry in collaboration with, Prime Unique Women Initiative, a non-governmental Organisation.
Dame Pauline Tallen explained that on a daily basis, more than 20 thousand phone calls were placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide which had necessitated the need to strategically address the menace.
The Minister further urged the participants to take the workshop seriously and become agents of change in their states to combat domestic violence against fellow women and their children.
Convener of the Prime Unique Women Initiative, Dr. Folake Yobah Said the workshop was to train women leaders on the techniques to adopt and solutions needed to curb domestic violence.
“Domestic violence does not end with the women, children are victims, and women are victims. Sometimes men are victims. We have seen men who are beaten up by their wives, mentally abused, physically and emotionally abused but I know that the most vulnerable are the women” she said.
One of the facilitators and a Deputy Director at the National Productivity Center, Mrs Maimuna Musa said it was important to educate women on the triggers and different forms of domestic violence, which ranges from physical, emotional and economic violence.
The event with the theme: Curbing the Menace of Domestic Violence had in attendance the wife of the Nasarawa State Governor, Hajiya Salifat Abdullahi-Sule and Commissioner of women Affair from the North-Central States.