As part of the effort to stamp out violence against women in politics thereby increasing their involvement and participation for more robust dividends of democracy and good governance in Osun state and Nigeria at large, the staff and entire management of the Fresh 104.9 FM, Rave 91.7 FM and Unique FM 103.1 under the leadership of the Akinkunmi Alabi, Femi Olanipekun and Jare Ayo Martins respectively have assured their support to the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ centre,(JDPMC) Osogbo in her cause to put an end to the violence against women in politics.
The group made the promise during the advocacy visits to their various stations by the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre team, Osogbo led by Head of Programme, JDPMC Festus Ojewumi.
Speaking on the reason behind the visits, the Head of Programme, JDPMC Festus Ojewumi explained that the visit was borne out of the recognition of the media’s influence on the society and their power of narrative change particularly in making a case for the women to be allowed to contribute their quota to Nigeria’s political context and good governance without their lives being threatened or violated especially in the 2022 Osun state Governorship election.
“Nigerian women deserve to be heard and seen in politics not all women are wayward, we still have rare assets among them who are more than able to turn things around in Nigeria’s sectors. There are provisions in the law that favour them, a perfect example is the Osun Prohibition Against Gender-Based Violence as embedded in Osun 2021 Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law, with your support we can push for its full-scale implementation through a lawfully aggressive campaign because we recognize your influence and power of narrative change”, he concluded.
In their separate remarks, the General Manager of Fresh Fm Akinkunmi Alabi, Rave Fm Femi Olanipekun and Unique Fm Jare Martins appreciated JDPMC’s courage and result-oriented efforts in changing lives and making society a peaceful one. They therefore expressed readiness to support JDPMC in ending violence against women in politics more importantly in this coming Osun Gubernatorial election so that their voice would also count for the benefit of all.