Veteran actress, Hilda Dokubo has reemphasized that men and women are born equal and nobody is inferior to the other.
The actress stated that religion and culture could not be totally absolved of blame in cases of domestic violence.
SHE SAID, “CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS ARE THE ‘CREATORS’ OF GENDER. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO SAY, ‘THIS IS MALE AND FEMALE; AND THAT ONE IS SUPERIOR WHILE THE OTHER IS INFERIOR’. GOD NEVER CLASSIFIED MEN AND WOMEN THAT WAY. MEN AND WOMEN WERE CREATED EQUAL.
“TRADITIONAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS NEED TO ENSURE THAT EVERYBODY IS PROTECTED, INCLUDING CHILDREN. PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE MADE VULNERABLE OR EXPOSED TO DANGER BECAUSE OF THE THINGS THEY (RELIGIOUS AND TRADITIONAL LEADERS) APPROVE. WHATEVER IS APPROVED STAYS AND WHATEVER STAYS BECOMES A TRADITION.”
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