Lagos State has urged parents to nurture their children to become responsible persons.
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Cecilia Bolaji-Dada spoke at an Awareness Programme for Parents on Curbing Gender-Based Violence in Lagos State.
The event was organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and at Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industries, (LCCI), Ikeja, Lagos.
Bolaji-Dada, who spoke on the theme, ‘Equality Starts in the Family’, lamented that most times, abuses were perpetrated by parents/guardian, but children have the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuses.
Her words: “Lagos State is particular about you being an advocate for change to curb gender-based violence…it is important you nurture children to be responsible…” she said.
Dada urged parents never to argue in the presence of their wards, adding that argument between spouses must not become physical or emotional abuse.
“Lagos State has taken up the lead through legal and policy framework to support the rights of the child through the Child Rights Law of 2015, Domestic Violence law of 2007 and the Yellow card for prevention of child abuse,” she said.
Speaking on Parental Roles in Curbing Gender Based Violence, Mrs. Yetunde Akin-Taylor, a gender expert said training should be a joint effort between both parents.
Akin-Taylor highlighted the training as Mentoring; Originality; Trust; Hearing; Example and Responsibility.