Landlords and House owners in Ekiti State have been enjoined to always include Gender-Based Violence regulations in the Tenancy Agreement as a way of curbing the menace in the society.
This advocacy was made at the Orientation and Sensitisation held for the Landlords and House Owners in three communities within Ado-Ekiti the Ekiti State by a non Governmental Organisation (NGO), The New Generation Girls and Women Development Initiative (NIGAWD) .
The programme which was supported by the United Nation Population Fund(UNFPA) drawn participants from Olujoda, Ajebamidele and Mofere communities.
GBV is described as the most pervasive yet least visible human rights violation in the world.
In her presentation, Abimbola Aladejare-Salako,the NIGAWD’s Executive Director said GBV is violence directed against a person because of that person’s gender or violence that affects persons of a particular gender disproportionately.
The gender activist also underscored the importance of sex education in schools and homes adding that many children had ignorantly fallen victims to GVB while playing with their peer groups.
Landlords and house owners, according to her must be interested in happenings around them and not to assume that they were living with saints.
She identified a lack of awareness on the part of the landlords and House owners as a major factor responsible for the increase in the GBV in our society.
Aladejare-Salako hinted that experience had shown that many households are living with consequences of GBV without them knowing.
She listed some consequences of GBV to include unhappy relationships, depression, physical and emotional torture.
One of the resource persons, Barrister Dayo Bamgbose while speaking on the importance of having a tenancy agreement, particularly on GBV stressed that landlords have great roles to play in ending it
He urged them to spell out punishments for any GBV offenders which may include outright ejection ,name and shame.
According to him, landlords could set up a committee on GBV and also open community register for GBV offenders.
The lawyer also encouraged them to set aside a week in a year to discuss issues relating to GBV with their tenants, adding that each community could invite gender activists and other experts on GBV to take them through .
In their responses ,a landlord,Mr Kayode Salami and a landlady Mrs Olaiya who thanked the organisers also promised to adopt some of the recommendations to improve their relationship with their tenants and in eliminating GBV in their respective communities.