The Managing Director of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun, calls for decisive policy actions to dismantle the structures that encourage gender-based violence in Nigeria.
Her talk at the Ebony Life Cinema during the BECKMA movie premiere, supported by Unity Bank, calls for more spotlight on issues of gender-based violence with a view for positive societal changes.
At the film screening in Lagos, Somefun expressed the bank’s commitment to partnering with BECKMA, aligning the power of its brand with the initiative for sustained impact on gender equality. Represented by Unity Bank’s Group Head of Compliance, Mrs. Patricia Ahunanya, Mrs. Somefun shared alarming statistics from a recent UNDP study in Nigeria, which reveals that 9 percent of women aged 15 to 49 had experienced sexual assault, and 31% had faced physical violence.
According to the director, gender-based violence transcends being a women’s issue; it is a societal ailment requiring collective attention. She emphasized the urgency for comprehensive policy actions to dismantle structures allowing such atrocities to persist.
“I urge policymakers to enact stringent laws against gender-based violence, ensuring swift and severe consequences for perpetrators. Our homes and various organisations must also be a catalyst for change, inspiring others to follow suit.”she said
While applauding initiatives by ARDA Development Communications Inc. in promoting gender equality and empowerment, aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5), Somefun assured of Unity Bank’s steadfast commitment to sustainable initiatives and pledged further collaboration and advocacy programs to eliminate gender-based violence.