Cross River state governor, Professor Ben Ayade has decried all forms of violence against women, including subjecting them to brutal birth control.
The governor spoke Tuesday during the launch of the HeforShe campaign, a United Nations’ initiated global solidarity movement for advancement of gender equality, at Transcorp Hotel, Calabar.
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Ayade who was honoured at the occasion as HeforShe Ambassador took a swipe at donor agencies for inflicting on women “silent violence” through birth control mechanisms.
He also argued that men should equally be subjected to birth control through castration because “when it comes to family planning, it is the women that take the injections, take the implants and this is violence against women.If you want a holistic population control, castrate the men”
“Why do you allow women who give birth only once in nine months take all the medication? Why has research always been against women? As United Nations, you must recognise the fact that every single drugs you take must have a cumulative side effects.
“I have seen marriages that are challenged because three years into the marriage the lady cannot bear a child because the prolonged use of implants have damaged her capacity to bear a child thus challenging her marriage, breaking her marriage and putting her through so much psychological pain.
“I think that silent violence against women should be what we champion today going forward, including the UN itself and so many international agencies who believe that all financial aid to Africa will be useless unless our population is controlled”, he quipped.
Continuing, the Cross River state number one citizen rued that “there are so many international agencies in Africa that are not here for birth control but to sterilize young women and that’s true.There are so many drugs for family control that are designed to sterilize the women”
He called on the United Nations to boldly speak out against violence against African women through birth control.
“I wonder why the UN has not seen this as gender violence towards women. I think that the UN must take it very seriously.
It is not sufficient for us to come and pay lip service to the issue of gender violence, gender violence is a celebrated issue across the world and everyone of us are involved”, he said.
Speaking, the Paramount ruler of Obanliku in Northern Cross River, His Royal Majesty, Uchua Amos Uyimulam who was also honoured as HeforShe Ambassador in recognition of his dogged fight against “money wife”, a slavish marriage practice in his domain against young girls, called for the abolition of all cultural practices that limit women’s right.
Earlier, the state commissioner for International Development Corporation, Dr.Inyang Asibong described Ayade as women friendly governor going by the number of women holding strategic positions in his government.
She explained that the governor was picked as HeforShe Ambassador “because of his commitment to the elimination of gender based violence and ensuring gender equality in Cross River state”