Enugu monarchs to end sacrificing female children to shrines, other harmful practices

Enugu monarchs to end sacrificing female children to shrines, other harmful practices

The council of traditional rulers in Enugu State has condemned all forms of violence against women and girls agreeing to end such practices in the state.

This formed part of their resolution after a Multi Stakeholders Strategic Conference between the traditional rulers in the state and the Women Aid Collective (WACOL).

In a communique signed by the Chairman of the state traditional rulers council, Chief Lawrence Agubuzu, the monarchs committed to eliminating harmful traditional practices such as marrying out a girl child and sacrificing female children to shrines.

They also committed to respecting the rights of widows and widowers and to take action to codify communal laws and regulations that will protect women and girls which include rejection of harmful traditional widowhood practices, including disinheritance of widows.

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The traditional rulers also said they were committed to, “implementing the Supreme Court judgment that females have a right to inherit property from the family estate whether married or not;

“That we support the inclusion of women in decisions affecting them; that we encourage women leadership at community level, and
that we are committed to mediating in human rights and women’s rights cases in line with state, national, regional and international human rights laws.

“Subsequently we will have an Enugu state that is free from all forms of violence against women and girls.”

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