Experts decry denial of female inheritance of father's property, gender violence


By Joel Onuoha 

The Ebonyi State Ministry of Justice has decried the spate of denying women of their inheritance in their father's home and society, saying that such law should be discarded.

They described all forms of brutality and refusal of female inherance as elements of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

Barr. Ijeoma Ajanwachukwu, an official in the ministry and resource person,  stated the need to end all forms of violence against women and girls. 
Ajanwachukwu made the remark on Friday at Idda community in Abakaliki LGA, during a spotlight Initiative programme.

The program was organises in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Ebonyi and supported by the European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) spotlight Initiative.

“The women should be given the same right like the men folks to enjoy his father’s property.

“The Igbo culture believes women do not have rights over her father’s property, but that's not right.

“We have organised the program to the women to know their rights,” Ajanwachukwu said.

The Spotlight State Coordinator for Cross River and Ebonyi states, Mr Olorunjuwon Oloruntoba called for the need to involve he male folks as  influential allies in the fight against violence against women.

Oloruntoba urged for a review of some traditional laws that can enable female folks to have access to their father’s inheritance.

“We are not only seeking support from men and boys but partnering with them to protect women and girls against violence in their society,” Oloruntoba said.

The State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Emma Abah also decried the existing of some cultures, describing them as harmful.

"The male folks should play a role by supporting churches, traditional leaders and other groups and promote the right of women and girls.

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