Rape, gender-based violence on increase in Oyo communities – UNFPA-GA raises alarm

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A team of researchers working on the Global Affairs Canada landscape analysis on sexual and gender-based violence has revealed that there is an increase in rape and gender-based violence in some communities in Oyo State. ​ The team of experts included Oyo State Coordinator for the UNFPA-GAC survey, Dr Adebimpe Adenugba, Gender Reproductive Health Analyst of UNFPA, Dr Esther Somefun, Drs O.B Babalola, O.K Oyelade and Usman Ojedokun.

Our correspondent reports that the research, which was funded by Global Affairs Canada, was executed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sokoto, Bauchi and Oyo States.

The purpose of the study was to find out the harmful traditional practices and the rate of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the State.

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The researchers in thier finding, revealed that drugs and alcohol consumption contributed to gender-based violence in most communities in the state.

They found out that women in Ogbomoso and Oyo towns and other rural communities in the state suffer high level of rape, assault and abuse.

The researchers in the preliminary report submitted to Oyo state Ministry of Health at the Exit/Validation meeting with stakeholders on Global Affairs Canada Landscape Analysis on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Harmful Traditional Practices and Obstetrics Fistula in the state, disclosed that women reported that their men were not living up to family responsibilities.

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Adenugba while speaking disclosed that women reported not enjoying any form of rights. ​ She noted that women still continue to face harmful traditional practices.

​ Speaking on the issue of rape in the affected communities, Somefun said that there is high rate of rape in some communities in the state.

Among the communities where rape and gender-based violence is rampant As stated by her is Oyo and Ogbomoso communities.

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“Yes, they said rape is consistent and is common. Apart from husbands raping their wives, there is also child rape, adult rape and elderly rape.

“They said the children especially are vulnerable because during a period like this with high rate of poverty, they had to send their children hawking, so child labour causes rape.

“So there’s high rate of rape in Iseyin and Ogbomosho communities,” she stated.

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