Rape and Sexual Violence Conference held yesterday, July 22, 2015 in Lagos as part of activities to mark Mirabel Centre’s 2nd year anniversary.
With about 760 cases of sexual assault recorded in two years and only two convictions in Lagos, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, declared war against perpetrators of rape in the state, saying ‘desist from such act or face the music.’
14-yr-old girl raped by father inspired me to establish rehabilitation centre – Founder, Mirabel Centre
It all started in 2000, when I drafted the Domestic Violence Bill (DVB), the first of its kind in Nigeria. I went to 12 states in Nigeria to lobby its passage into law. I also went to the National Assembly. So, while I was working with Lagos State, I decided to test the bill by going to the streets to talk to people. Then, I came across a 14-year-old girl who told me a story that was so touching.
The fight against gender-based violence received a boost recently in Lagos as Mirabel Centre, a sexual Assault Referral Centre, unveiled celebrities as Goodwill Ambassadors against gender–violence.