Stigma Expert recommends professional counselling

Manager, Women and Girls Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme said proper counselling of the victims and their families will help in solving the psychological problems.

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Mrs Eleanor Nwadinobi, Manager, Women and Girls Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, an NGO, has recommended professional trauma counselling for victims of insurgency, rape and other social vices in the country.

She made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to her, proper counselling of the victims and their families will help in solving the psychological problems faced by them as well as curb stigmatisation.

She added that this measure would help the communities accept the victims back into the society as well end intergenerational stigmatisation.

“Women and girls in Nigeria are faced with immersed marginalisation; we are not just talking of peace in absence of war.

“Parents have a larger role to play in ensuring a proper training of the child in terms of education, among others.

“They should also provide basic needs to the development of the child in order for them to become an asset to the society and not a liability,’’ she said.

According to Nwadinobi, conflicts have contributed to some challenges faced by women and girls and as such needs a holistic approach in dealing with the problem.

She however said that appropriate approach regarding the situation included the participation of women and girls in the spectrum of peace keeping.

She also said that involving the women in mediation, negotiations and rebuilding programmes was key in solving the challenges faced by them.

Nwadinobi therefore urged the Federal Government to ensure that all policies are put in place and implemented as well assume its responsibilities to the populace in terms of health, employment and social security, among others.

She also admonished women to seek knowledge that would enable them adopt holistic approach to sound living.

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