Women Community in Africa (WCA), the advocacy arm of Beyond Mentors Community Care Initiative (BMCCI) on 9 May, 2019 took the campaign on sexual violence against children to Army Day Junior Secondary School, Asokoro, Abuja.
The event, which is a rejoinder to a seminar of WCA on ‘Ways to Curb Sexual Violence against Women and Children’ which took place on the October 10, 2018, is the first of the many campaigns in school.
While delivering his speech, a reproductive health consultant of Pathfinder, Dr Farouk Jega, instructed the students on various ways to protect themselves against sexual violence.
He said: “You are the protector of yourself. First, you should protect yourselves as individuals against child sexual abuse. There are certain parts of your body that are yours exclusively. You don’t allow anybody to touch those parts. Therefore, be at the right place at the right time.”
A representative from the FCT Gender Unit, Joseph Onche, emphasized that child protection is paramount for a better society. He said: “My office responsibility is to see that children are always protected and that’s why we embraced this programme. We must train children to be better persons for the society.”
In response to some of the questions asked by the students, founder and editor-in-chief of SI Magazine, Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya, charged the students to be very cautious. “Please be children. Do not let anyone take your childhood away from you. Don’t watch movies that are for adults. It is important for us to build your minds to know the things you are supposed to do to protect yourself as children,” she said.
Expressing her delight about the event, one of the student, Angela Adomanza, told SI Magazine that: “I learnt how to avoid rape and how to be a better person,” Speaking in the same vein, another student, Okechukwu Reginald said, “I learnt that child abuse is not good and we must fight to stop it.”
The second campaign is coming up on May 14, 2019 at Government Day Junior Secondary School, Area 10, Garki, Abuja.