The need for women to speak up in the face of violence and for government and relevant authorities to provide safety nets for such women and girls have been brought to the fore.
Addressing Network of Health Journalists on issues of Women Reproductive Health and Challenges to commemorate this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day in Akure, a Rights Advocates, and the CEO, ,Kids and Teens Resources Centre, Mr. Martin -Mary Falana stressed the need for women to take decisions on issues concerning their health and wellbeing
According to him, there is the need for confidential channel of reporting to NGOs who will ensure the protection of the information source and link up with the state committee members who are also from different law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Martin-Mary who said creating safety net for women and girls will go a long way in giving other women the confidence to speak up also identified other challenges that limits the capacity of the girl child to include early marriage, sexual violence, unplanned pregnancy, HIV/AiDs among others.
On the way forward, Mr. Falana stressed the need for young people to have access to appropriate information through parent child communication and counselling in school on sexual and reproductive matters while also challenging cultural norms and ideologies that had over time impeded women from having a say on issues that affect their health and wellbeing.