Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, Chairperson of International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA Bayelsa State Chapter says her award ‘Women and Children Advocate 2016’ is dedicated to survivors of all forms of violence against women and children in society.
Speaking with journalists shortly after receiving the award at the 5th edition of the Miss VIP pageant held in Yenagoa, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere said the award will serve as a springboard for more advocacy to champion the cause of victims of all forms of violence against women and children in the society.
According to her the award is coming at a time when more effective collaboration and partnership is needed to stop violence against women and children, she therefore called on all relevant stakeholders and government to collaborate with FIDA in the fight against VACW.
She said before coming for the award as early as 7.30am, she got a call that a 13-year-old girl was beaten with a rod attached with nails on it and sustained serious head injury explaining that she and her family could not even attend church.
In her words ‘I went there with my family, effected the arrest of the perpetrator and quickly took the girl in my car for medical treatment at Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa’, Furthermore she said. there is no hiding place for violators of women and children’s rights in Bayelsa State stressing that this arrest will serve as a detterant to others because the perpetrator will be prosecuted in a competent court of law after thorough investigations.
The FIDA chair thanked the organisers of the event and promised to partner with them in the area of Girl Child Education and organize various enlightenment programs on the legal rights of women and children.
The former Vice Chairman of Sabagama Branch of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA dedicated the award to God for his grace and good health to pursue the cause of women and children.
She thanked members of her family for their support and encouragement.