The Osun Government says it has started training women and children on martial arts as the first line of self-defence against attacks and to curb gender-based violence in the state.
The Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Olubukola Olaboopo, made the disclosure in an interview with Newsmen on Wednesday in Osogbo.
She said the state was doing everything possible to reduce and eradicate violence against women and children, adding that it was part of the reason the martial arts training was organised.
She said there were laws in the state that protects women against violence, adding that the ministry was working earnestly to ensure that women, children and the vulnerable were always protected and justified when abused.
Olaboopo said the ministry was centrally handling rape and violence against women cases in partnership with the Police and Ministry of Justice so that victims could get justice and offenders don’t go unpunished.
Olaboopo said herself and other concerned women in the state, led by the wife of the governor, Kafayat Oyetola, had gone to the state House of Assembly to push for a review of gender-based laws
She said they had also met with the Chief Justice and other female judges, including the Police Commissioner to ensure that women and children were protected and get justice in cases of violation against them.