The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in Anambra, Mrs Henrietta Agbata, has said that more enlightenment is needed to reduce violence against women in the society.
Agbata told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Monday that women were still being intimidated and raped in the state.
The commissioner, who spoke on the 2013 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, blamed unemployment for the increase in crime and violence against women.
She said violence against women hindered progress in the society, adding that there was a need to sensitise the women on their rights.
She said the state government would continue to educate members of the public on the dangers of violence against women as well as partner with non-governmental organisations in the campaign.
Agbata noted that the state government had empowered women with various skills and trade tools to make them self-reliant.
She said that 150 women were recently trained on how to make confectioneries using cassava produce.
The commissioner advised women to be resourceful and also train their children right from infancy not to be violent.