Imo women and girls turned out in their numbers today, June 17 and marched through the streets of the state capital, Owerri, in their black attire to protest against violence, rape, molestation and sexual assaults on women and girls.
The march, which ended at the Government House, Owerri, Imo State, saw the women carry placards with different inscriptions such as Say no to rape! Women are not punching bags!
Women, girls are not objects of brutality! Work on your mind and hold yourself back. Fix your thoughts on growth! Say no to rape! Rapist should be castrated! We demand and need justice for all victims of rape! End the Vicious cycle now! Stop child rape! There is no Justice to rape! Implement laws to protect women! My dressing is not an invitation to be raped! Prosecute offenders now!
Wife of Governor Hope Uzodinma of the State, Barrister Chioma Uzodimma commended the women and girls for being bold to register their anger and rejection of the heinous act perpetrated against them in Imo State in particular and Nigeria in general.
Mrs. Uzodimma said that the Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) bill before the Imo State House of Assembly will soon be passed into law to protect women and girls against all forms of violence and other vices antithetical to women existence in a democratic government.
She reassured the women and girls that she is with them in the protest march, promising them of government maximum protection in the prosperity government of Governor Hope Uzodimma.