The dire straits of women in Nigeria have dominated conversations in the past week following the rape and gruesome murder of Uwaila Omozuwa in Benin and Baraket Bello in Ibadan.
In Jigawa, it was revealed that a 12-year-old girl Frashina had been raped at different times and so many occasions by 11 men who have now been arrested by the police.
These three high-profile cases of rape in the past week have drawn outrage from advocates who are also using social media to crowdfund in support of these victims.
Podcasters Jola Ayeye and Feyikemi Abudu used social media to raise just over N10m for Farishina.
“We spoke about it and agreed that we need to figure out a way to help, and because I’ve crowdfunded from social media before, I knew we would be able to do a bit more than just the two of us gathering a bit of money we’re able to,” Ayeye told Pulse.
“The story is particularly heartbreaking because she was assaulted while working to help her family after dropping out of school. She is one of many children, and the family struggles to eat so life is very difficult. Very. We just want to alleviate the struggle and pain in some way.”
Ayeye and Abudu are also working on setting up a trust that will pay for counselling and mental healthcare for the victim in conjunction with the NGO Stand to End Rape (S.T.E.R), remedial lessons to get her up to scratch in mathematics, English and some general education, six years of secondary school in Kano and a stipend for the family for a year.
“We’ve started research and our initial idea was to send her to school in Jigawa but we are not impressed with what we’ve seen so now we’re looking for a good school in Kano,” Ayeye added.
“The trust will pay the fees directly and the stipend will be a direct debit.”
“People have been ridiculously kind and generous and there is nothing that would be worse than being irresponsible stewards,” she also said.
Ayeye and Abudu are not the only ones seeking funds for rape victims. S.T.E.R, the NGO geared towards helping rape victims has also started fundraising for Uwaila, the 22-year-old girl who was raped and killed while reading in a church in Benin.
With the hashtag #JusticeForUwa, S.T.E.R is seeking funds to support the family of Uwa. All donations go directly to Uwa's sister, Judith.
Pulse strongly condemns violence and sexual assault against women. We’re firmly behind all campaigns against rape and declare our support for the individuals, groups and organizations working hard, fighting tirelessly to make our community safe for girls and women; and unconducive for rapists and other sexual predators.
To report rape and to support this cause, reach out to any of the organisations listed in the slides >>>
[It’d be nice if you can get their logos and place it in their respective slides]
1. Stand To End Rape Initiative
[Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt]
2. Mirabel Center
3. Domestic & Sexual Violence Response Team [DSVRT] Lagos
4. Women at Risk International Foundation. [WARIF] Lagos
0809 210 0008
5. The Consent Workshop
If you know any organization or NGO fighting rape and other forms of violence against women in your city or state, please drop their contact information in the comments section. You could be helping several women.