At NAWOJ Seminar, Stakeholders Call For Comprehensive Sex Education For Children To Reduce Cases Of Rape

Parents have been urged to support the idea of giving their children the needed information about sexuality in order not to be deceived by people of wayward character when they need to take critical decisions in life.
Stakeholders also called for early adoption of sex education to reduce cases of rape among children.
The advice was given at the 2017 Family Week seminar organized by the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), held at the Combo Hall of Lagos Television (LTV8) Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, recently.
In her lectured titled, “Appropriateness of Sexuality Education in our Schools,’’ the guest lecturer at the event, who is the Country Director of IPAS Nigeria, Barrister Hauwa Shekarau, said that adolescents need adequate information, in order not to fall prey to various consequences of unprotected sex.
“Comprehensive sexuality education is not a taboo,’’ she said.
Shekarau noted that defilement made children grow up to become timid adults and therefore urged schools to carry parents along in the preparation of Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE).
She said, “Young people should be able to acquire sex education the appropriate way. If you don’t tell them the right things, they will get the information, whether right or wrong, elsewhere,’’ she said.
She said that parents would not be there when youths have to make decisions about having sex and as such, should be given appropriate education.
Also speaking, the Lagos Chairperson of NAWOJ, Hajia Sekinah Lawal, urged parents to give their children the needed information regarding sex education. “Most parents usually shy away from providing detailed information to help adolescents make appropriate choices, when confronted with the issue of sex. Gone are those days when mothers will just tell their girls that they will get pregnant if a man touches them without giving them the right information,” she said.
Also speaking at the event, the Vice President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, Yeye Adenike Shobajo, commended Lagos NAWOJ for their efforts and advised women journalists to in addition to being the best in their professional calling, have the spirit of entrepreneurship and be the best in the home front.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, who was represented by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs. Toro Oladapo, said “a breastfeeding mother must be supported financially, emotionally and should be well-fed, so that the breast milk can flow well’’.
Hajia Lawal, Lagos Council Chairperson of NAWOJ, recalled that in 2016, the association created awareness on domestic violence, but the scourge was still on and needed more attention.
“Just some weeks back, acid was poured on a lady in Isolo. It can happen to anybody. There should be a law restricting the sale of acid in the country, to stem its reckless usage,” she said. She concluded that people must speak out when they are being abused in any form while we should all be our neighbours’ keeper. “As women media professionals, we are also calling on the Federal Government to ensure the quick passage of laws to ensure better salary package for media practitioners both in the public and private sectors as well as stop the idea of owing journalists salaries for months so that they will be able to truly discharge their duties as the watchdog of the society.”
“It is when journalists are financially-independent and okay that they will be able to discharge their duties without fear or favour,” she said.

Related Articles

Back to top button

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker