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-Group tells FG, says women who rape men should also be punished By Gid Ahanonu

Participants at the 2013 International conference on Global Health organized by the Centre for Women , Gender and Development Studies of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), have called for the repeal of the law on rape to punish women who are equally guilty of rape.

In an interactive session, some of the participants observed that some women engage in indecent dressings that attract the male folk to them.

At the conference held at FUTO, resource persons who are experts on health issues and management presented papers.

Prof. Amobi L. Ilika, a professor of Public Health and Epidomology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, listed some cultural and religious practices that dehumanize women and pose dangers to their lives among them the practice of obtaining permission from husbands and mother-in-laws before embarking an health care services like family-planning, immunization and ante-natal services and others.

In his paper on sex, sexuality and gender violence, Dr. Barr. Ifeanyi E. Anigbogu of the Faculty of Law, Madonna University, Okija called for judicious implementation of the existing law on rape and other sexual offences by special bodies like, EFCC and ICPC.

Earlier in his welcome address, FUTO Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Cyril Chigozie Asiabaka while commending the organizers for a job well done noted that FUTO is not only an institution that produces professionals in health technology but also provides relevant information and awareness on health and environmental issues through discussions and implementation of solutions on health challenges for the benefit of mankind.

In her address, the Acting Director, Centre for Women, Gender and Development Studies, Dr. (Mrs) Ihuoma P. Asiabaka explained that the aim of the conference was to ensure that people lived healthier, safe and longer all over the world by being exposed to traditional threats such as climate change, poverty, violence and others through information and exchange of ideas.

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