Uzodimma’s Wife Inaugurates Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Written by darling on November 28, 2022
Poised to take the campaign against gender-based violence, particularly sexual abuse against women to a commendable level, the wife of the governor of Imo State, Mrs Chioma Uzodimma has inaugurated the sexual assault referral centre (SARC) in Owerri named “The Deborah House”.
She said the activism against gender-based violence campaign has kicked-off globally.
Speaking to an audience of women and other stakeholders interested in eradicating gender-based violence globally in Owerri, the Imo first lady noted that ‘The Deborah House’ would be a one-stop project that prioritizes the needs and rights of sexual assault survivors such as screening and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
Treatment and care for young sex abuse victims and psychological services by way of counselling support.
Others, Mrs Uzodimma said included provision of legal services to victims, provision of shelter, general rehabilitation services as well as availing victims of information and education.
She said 36 first ladies in Nigeria as a collective had taken a decision against gender-based violence (GBV) in the country and through their efforts, have adopted policies like GBV mitigation action plan, GBV coordinating mechanism on implementation of violence against person prohibition Act, GBV survivors’ funds, among others.
The governor’s wife said the inauguration of the SARC shows another bold step by the Nigeria Governors Wives Forum, through the Nigeria Governors Wives Against Gender-based Violence (NGWA-GBV) to seek support for sexually-abused women to overcome the trauma that could arise from the menace.
On why her office is excited to be part of the efforts to achieve enduring result in that direction, Mrs Uzodimma expressed gratitude to the wife of the former governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, who, she said, attracted support from MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Access Bank, Procter and Gamble among other sources, using the NIGWF.
On the newly inaugurated centre, Mrs Uzodimma said plans are afloat by her office to engage doctors, nurses, psychologists and lawyers who would provide medical and legal services to the victims.