Governor Obaseki’s crusade against GBV, human trafficking, irregular migration receives boost

Governor Obaseki’s crusade against GBV, human trafficking, irregular migration receives boost

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues, Mrs. Barbara N. Osobajo, has described the collaboration by the Pathfinders Team with Edo State Government in the fight against human trafficking, irregular migration and gender-based violence as viable.

Mrs. Osobajo expressed this while appreciating the Pathfinders Justice Initiatives (PJI) Team, who paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry in Benin City. 

In her words, “Trafficking occurs as a result of vulnerability. For instance, widows should not be left out when considering at-risk women because the loss of their spouses makes them vulnerable, thereby pressuring their daughters into trafficking”.

The Permanent Secretary revealed that the State has a support centre which provides the services needed to stabilise and give psycho-socio support to survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and human trafficking. 

She said there cannot be too many collaborators in the State as the synergy is geared towards achieving a common goal of reducing gender-based violence, adding that the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led Administration is working tremendously with other critical stakeholders to ensure there is no hiding place for perpetrators of such vices. 

Earlier the Founder and Executive Director of PJI, Barr. Ruth Evon Benson-Idahosa said that the Organisation has reached out to about 2700 women across the Country in its 8years of existence.

She further explained that Pathfinders Justice Initiatives (PJI) is in the business of rendering holistic support to survivors of human trafficking and liberating sex-enslaved women and girls as well as providing a new path for at-risk women and girls, encompassing rehabilitation to financial support, legal backup, shelter, vocational support and scholarships.

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