The wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode and the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Oluranti Adebule on Tuesday urged women to speak out against social vices, like domestic violence, child abuse, rape and teenage pregnancy.
They gave the charge at the Lagos Women’s Forum at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos organized to address issues of women’s health and recurring social vices in the society.
Speaking at the forum, Mrs Ambode noted that good health was a prerequisite for every other thing, including good attention to children and family, business and even political activities, stressing that without good health, nothing meaningful could be achieved.
She said, “health is wealth’ they say, because good health is the gate way to everything. To have good health, we need to take care of our body, mind and soul.
“It is when we have good health that we can run around for business, take care of our homes, our children or engage in political activities. When we have sound health, we can better attend to all issues and concerns.”
The governor’s wife who condemned the high rate of prevalence of social nuisance in the society, told the women to boldly voice out their discontent against domestic violence, child abuse, rape and teenage pregnancy.
Also speaking at the event, Adebule said the forum provided a platform where women could engage in sustainable discourse to increase their knowledge and enhance their awareness on health and well-being as participants.
Adebule said it was unfortunate that 23 years after countries signed pledges in 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, women still face many health-cum-social problems, saying that there was need for recommitment to address them.
She urged Lagos women to embrace sustainable advocacy and take conscious action on matters concerning their health and how they were treated by the society at large.
“We should no longer be stereotyped into silence but become vocal advocates for improved health delivery system and social justice for women in Lagos State and the country.
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