The march was held on Saturday, the 4th of December across 5 continents in 5 cities – Lagos, London, New York, Sydney and Bangkok. Participants and supporters came out in great numbers, meeting at the various designated locations in these 5 participating cities to march in unison against sexual violence.
WARIF creates awareness for gender based violence with 3rd annual No Tolerance March 2021
The Women at Risk International Foundation, WARIF a non-profit organization leading the charge against gender based violence in Nigeria, held its third annual advocacy March to raise awareness against Gender based Violence in Nigeria, to commemorate the UN 16 Days of Activism for Gender Based Violence as well as their 5th year anniversary.
In Lagos, the march was across the Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge. It was kicked off by the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu who commended the organization and encouraged survivors to come forward so that perpetrators could be punished.
She stated steps to take after a sexual assault incident and encouraged everyone present to continue to continue the fight against gender based violence.
United States Consular General to Lagos, Madam Claire Pierangelo delivered the opening address where she stated that Gender based violence was not a problem for women but a global problem, she mentioned that every single one of us had a role to play in eradicating gender based violence.
Speaking on the importance of the march, the Founder of the WARIF, Dr Kemi DaSilva stated that “Survivors are ostracized and scared to speak out because of the culture of shame, every survivor deserves the right to have her voice heard , to be given safe platforms to do so and to receive the support and assistance from her family , friends and her community to help her on the journey to recovery.”
She also stated that proceeds from the march would benefit survivors of rape and sexual violence who are offered Free forensic medical examinations and treatment; as well as counselling services and welfare assistance with shelter , legal aid and vocational skills acquisition at the WARIF Rape Crisis Centre.
Also in attendance were the First Lady of Ogun State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, The Deputy British High Commissioner, Mr Ben Llewelyn-Jones as well as Nigerian Celebrities including Falz, Rita Dominic, Chioma Akpotha, Lala Akindoju, Zainab Balogun, Lamide Akintobi, Princess Comedian, Adetoun Onajobi and Omotunde Adebowale-Ajayi also known as “Lolo” who raised their voices against rape and sexual violence in our communities.
Sponsorship for the March was by the WARIF in-house counsel and partner Templars Law firm, US Consulate, Amnesty International, Global Citizen, Reddington Hospital, Nigerian Breweries, MedPlus, May & Baker, Beat Fm, Angel Hospitality, Quest and XII Glover.
Gender based Violence is the most pervasive form of a human rights violation affecting men and women and all nations across the world ; the “No Tolerance” March is a recognized annual event that will be held globally as a movement to say NO! Tolerance to violence against women and girls in all communities.
Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by Dr Kemi DaSilva Ibru MD; MPH in response to the high incidence of sexual assault, rape and human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria. The Foundation was established to raise awareness and address the prevalence of this problem through the “WARIF Approach” – a unique holistic method of tackling Gender Based Violence through the development and implementation of a series of initiatives, targeting both the intervention/treatment of these affected women, as well as providing preventive measures in education and community service to reduce the high incidence.
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