By Sam Otti
Executives of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos State Branch, on Monday visited the headquarters of The Sun Publishing Ltd, Lagos, seeking partnership to end domestic violence in the country. Officials of the association decried the rampant cases of violence against women and called for urgent steps to curb the menace.
The Chairperson of the association, Sekinah Lawal, who led other executive members to The Sun, expressed concern over the increasing cases of violence against women in the society. She said the forthcoming NAWOJ Week would focus on the theme, Ending Domestic Violence as a Task for All, and urged The Sun to bring to the front burner those salient issues affecting women in the country and proffer workable solutions.
Lawal explained that several women in the country that suffered domestic violence bear the scar for years, as they spent fortune seeking justice in the law court. According to her, other victims get frustrated with the rigorous legal system and bear their pain in silence.
“We really need to look at such issues holistically and find a lasting solution to the problem. We are also soliciting the support of The Sun in this regard because we know that there is a lot to do,” she said.
While receiving the association, the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, The Sun Publishing Ltd, Eric Osagie, described women as a vulnerable group in the country that needed adequate support. He said the topic on ending domestic violence, as chosen by the association, was apt in recent time, as he pledged the commitment of The Sun, the Voice of the Nation, to initiatives that would address issues affecting women.
Osagie said the society acknowledges the critical role played by women and urged other female journalists in the country to take active interest in the activities of the professional body. He said women should be encouraged to grow and occupy strategic positions in the media industry.
To widen discussions on issues affecting the journalists in the country, Osagie said a special page on media would soon be included in The Sun to spice up the editorial content with issues involving media groups and practitioners in the country.
Present during the courtesy visit were the Deputy Managing Director/Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Steve Nwosu and the Editor, Daily Sun, Onuoha Ukeh. Other NAWOJ executives include: the Vice Chairperson, Bisi Olaleye, the Secretary, Mrs Florence Ifejola Otun, the Treasurer, Oyeyemi Gbenga-Mustapha, the Financial Secretary and Appolonia Adeyemi.