Obaseki’s Wife Awarded For Fight Against SGBV.
Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, the wife of Edo State Governor, has received an Award of Excellence from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in recognition of her remarkable contribution to the fight against S*xual and Gender-Based Violence in the state.
Mrs. Grace Osakue, a consultant to WFD, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation and also officially gave a copy of the foundation’s Policy Brief on the state’s management of gender-based violence, titled “Overcoming the Limitations to the Implementation of the Edo State VAPP Law.”
Mrs. Bunmi Dipo-Salami and Mrs. Dorothy Njemanze were also contributors to the initiative.
Mrs. Bunmi Dipo-Salami said in her goodwill message during the virtual presentation, “When I was trying to gather data for the Anambra policy brief, one of the persons I spoke with said they were trying to adopt the Edo model.
“I must commend Your Excellency for getting the Edo State Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law amended, reviewed and not only that, for moving Edo State within one year from a state with VAPP law in review to the model state when it comes to Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law. The effective implementation is highly commended.”
Responding, Obaseki said: “I am actually receiving this on behalf of all governors wives because we are in this together. At the time that we started this fight in June 2020, we had just about 14 states that had domesticated the VAPP Law. A year and a half later, as we speak today, we have about 32 states that have come to the point of domestication, some waiting for assent. This was all a result of one attempt at cooperating to fight a common enemy. And this has changed the whole space of GBV in the country. It attests to the fact that once we resolve as a group to come together to tackle a problem, there is no limit to how successful we can become.”
Mr. Adebowale Olorunmola, WFD’s Country Representative, had earlier encouraged Obaseki and everyone else in the room to use the Policy Brief “in such a way that our girls and our women can be sure that they have a community where their rights and their person is protected against all forms of violence.”
Over 50 civil society organizations, including the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu, and his wife, Maryann, attended the conference (CSOs).