A radio and television programme named ‘Open and Naked’, a programme on domestic violence and other forms of violence against humanity has been launched in Lagos State, to stop domestic violence in the country.
The programme, initiated by Mary-Jane Chinew Ejiofor, is coming on the heels of rampant cases of domestic violence against children, women and men.
Ejiofor, while explaining the ‘Open and Naked’ concept, stated that the programme is a platform whereby the abused members of the society, irrespective of their gender could come and air their experiences concerning one abuse or the other as experienced by them in the past.
According to the anchor of the programme, it’s a new platform created out of her life experience; when she was in her tender age, adding that she was violated and abused at ages five, seven and nine years as a girl-child.
She explained that the progreamme is meant to engage the society in a discourse and find a lasting solution in the growing new crime.
According to her, it meant to be a channel by which those who have been violated, abused and stigmatised to share their experiences with a view of ameliorating the scourge.
Ejiofor stated that the essence of the radio programme is for women, men, girls, disabled who have been violated to make use of the programme to cry out to the public for effective collaboration in the fight against domestic violence.
Ejiofor said she came up with the idea because there was no such platform for her to share her experience during her days of horror, when she was regularly abused at her tender age and because of that she wasn’t able to tell her stories to any one throughout the her ugly experiences.
Ejiofor urged the media to rise up to the occasion and join voices with ‘Open and Naked’ to educate and inform the society about the dangers of child, women and men abuse through creation of awareness against the inhuman treatment.
She tasked parents, especially mothers to educate their wards on the dangers of abuse.
Unveiling the programme at the weekend, the governorship candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, commended the initiator of the programme and said the wisdom of the initiator of the programme is highly commendable especially in a culture that lives more in conservatism and pretence of life adding that self esteem of the children have been affected by parental mishandling.
According to him, spousal abuses are a biggest abuse in Nigeria and called for every voice to get rid of it.
He said there are many forms of abuses, including house-help syndrome, kid-hawking and praised NAPTIP for criminalising under-age workers.
Also, a practicing psychologist with University of Ibadan, , Mustapha Toyin, stated that domestic violence is a serious matter adding that parenting is not enough.
“Not every woman that carries pregnancy has the ability of parenting”, he stated.
He added that bottling up issues and hiding such experiences, or keeping quite by not telling their stories is dangerous because according to him, speaking out help in the healing process of such people.
He said the abused shouldn’t mind what the society would say or fear of stigmatisation and that it would be better to open up and find out the solution.
He commended Ejiofor for her initiative in coming up with such radio programm and expressed optimism that the programme will solve a lot of problems but explained that domestic violence is not a one way traffic; adding that it’s a double lane affair, because men are also being abused by women.
He also praised the Lagos State House of Assembly, for the mental health law and stated that domestic violence results into psychological problems which he said its effect last longer in the memory of the abused.
According to him, the issues affect women more because it causes depression in them and called for support for the initiator to succeed.