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We Need To Groom Our Boys To Be Better Men – Ronke Giwa-Onafuwa, OAP SplashFM

-Says effort will curb sexual violence against girls.

Ibadan queen of the air waves and notable motivational speaker has highlighted the need to educate teenage boys on the evil of sexual violence and abuse of their female counterpart. This according to her will go a long way in stemming the tide of the growing trend of sexual violence against girls and women in the society.
She stated this while interacting with our reporter in Ibadan in view of the forthcoming 3rd edition of her initiative: Who’s That Girl. This initiative is aimed at enlightening the female teenagers about the values in them and bringing out the unique excellence within them.

According to her, there have been concerted efforts to highlight issues affecting the girl child in the society and issues of sexual violence, rape and abuses have dominated the discourse. It is however very important to also include the young male teenagers in the discourse because they also need to be informed about the need to respect the girl child.
She decried the alarming rate of cases of sexual violence and abuse among the young female folks and blamed it on lack of mentorship among male adolescents. She therefore intends to use the medium of this year’s edition of Who’s That Girl to change this narrative.
“This year we are allowing boys to come in and be a part of the programme. We realized that there are so many people doing girls things; enriching girls, grooming girls, but who is grooming our boys? So we have a lot of girls a who are ‘awake’ and they are marrying the boys who no one has taken time to educate and groom as well so I am branching out to allowing younger boys to participate. A lot of time we hear about rape issues; boys are raping girls and we are telling the girls to do this and do that but we have to focus on the boys so that they can know that No means No! If we don’t have rapists we will not have people being raped. I believe we also have people who are coming out to groom and help our boys. Most of the time, we teach girls how to be women, but who is teaching the boys how to be men and Dad.”
This year’s edition, tagged “Star Girl” is a two day event which begins on Saturday with a walk on creating awareness about sexual violence tagged: Lets Walk Against Rape. Sunday the 10th of February will witness the WTG conference to be held at the Felicia Hall of Jogor centre. It will feature Guests speakers including Bidemi Zakariyau, Mrs Oyinda Ige and Nike Babalola. There are other interesting features as slated as well.

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