Nollywood is not solely responsible for how women are treated – Hilda Dokubo
Nollywood actress, Hilda Dokubo, in an interview with Sunday Scoop, has opined that the movie industry should not be blamed for cases of domestic violence in the society.
According to her,“The portrayals has always been according to the culture being depicted in the movie. We (Nollywood) mirror society and proffer solutions. I don’t think Nollywood is solely responsible for how women are treated.”
Adding that religion and culture are not totally blameless in cases of domestic violence.
In her words;
“Cultural and religious institutions are the ‘creators’ of gender. They are the ones who say ‘this is male and this is female; that one is superior and that one is inferior’. God never classified men and women that way. Men and women were created equal.”
“Tradition 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 the (religious and traditional) leaders approve. Whatever is approved stays and whatever stays becomes a tradition.”
When asked if leaving an abusive marriage is the solution to domestic violence, she said;
“It depends on what the abuse is. My first option is not to leave your home. My first option will be speak to the abused or the abuser. That is if the abuse is verbal, financial, psychological or emotional. If that is the case, I will let the abuser understand that the abused can no longer take the abuse. The reason is that some people don’t know that their spouses are being hurt by their actions.”