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WARIF marches against rape and sexual violence

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A perfect end to a year that has an unprecedented rise in activism against rape and sexual violence came in the form of ”No Tolerance March”  organised by WARIF on Saturday, the 7th of December.

The Women at Risk International Foundation launched the maiden edition of their annual march for the 16 Days of Activism tagged the No Tolerance March to raise awareness for rape and sexual violence. Over 700  men, women and children came out to march and lend their voices against gender-based violence.

The march was kicked off by the United States Consular General to Lagos, Madam Claire Pierangelo who delivered a welcome address stating that “Gender-based violence was a human rights issue that needs both men and women to contribute to its end”. The wife of the Governor of Lagos State was also ably represented by the Wife of the Attorney General of Lagos, Mrs Olabisi Onigbanjo who commended WARIF for their efforts and reiterated the need for more awareness on rape and sexual violence.

Also in attendance were the First Lady of Ogun State, H.E Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, The SSG, Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Gaji, The Deputy British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson as well as Nigerian Celebrities including Ego Boyo, Dakore Akande Egbuson, TY Bello, Lala Akindoju and Michelle Dede who raised their voices against rape and sexual violence.

The Founder of WARIF, Dr Kemi DaSilva Ibru stated that “at WARIF, we believe that no single individual, organization, foundation or government can stop the epidemic of sexual violence; but by responding to the responsibility of tackling the problem as a collective, we each bring together a part of the solution. We believe that participation in these collaborative efforts are critical in making our voices heard and bringing an end to sexual violence in our society”

Sexual violence affects all lives and the No Tolerance March was a chance to say No to Rape, Sexual Violence, Child Sexual Abuse, Sex Trafficking and other harmful practices in our communities.