A Non-Governmental Organisation, OPAKHOPE Initiative has organised a seminar for adolescent girls and ladies in Abeokuta, Ogun State on their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), how to prevent occasions of rape and how to escape gender-based violence (GBV).
The sensitisation and awareness programme, tagged: “A Meeting With The King”, was held on 2nd November, 2019 at Ibara Baptist Church, Abeokuta with about 50 girls in attendance.
Addressing participants, a health expert, Mrs E. Ajiboye enlightened them on the anatomy of their bodies and cleared air on some misconceptions about menstrual cycle and how to maintain hygienic lifestyle during menstruation.
Speaking on how girls could defend themselves during attempts to rape them and also apply preventive measures, Mrs Peju Osoba, an NGO founder advised the girls to be vigilant and avoid walking in isolated areas or at night.
Mrs Osoba bemoaned some parents who use other people’s children as housemaids saying the action is not morally encouraged.
The participants also received varying lectures on relationship issues and child abuse.
Speaking, the convener of the seminar and the founder of OPAKHOPE Initiative, Hannah Akinola said she was motivated to organise the seminar due to the rising occasions of rape and child abuses across the country.
Akinola said that the over 50 participants across some schools in Abeokuta, were engaged by experts who have impacted them with requisite enlightenment on their sexual health and rights and how to brace up and pursue their goals.
One of the participants, Miss Funmilola Adebayo said a lot was learnt at the seminar. According to Adebayo, “I have gained so much at this seminar. From misconceptions about menstrual cycles to how to prevent attempted rape and also defend myself.”