Partnership for Justice with support from Justice For All (J4A) project of the Department for International Development (DFID) UK is organising “A walk to Create Awareness on Rape in Lagos Sate” as part of the annual United Nations 16 days of Activism on Violence Against Women (Nov.25th –Dec. 10th) and in celebration of the first anniversary of the Mirabel Centre.
The walk is to create awareness about high incidents of rape, protective measures and available support services to citizens of Lagos State. The walk is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, November 25 by 9:00am with the starting point at Ikeja (Under the bridge) and the ending point at the office of the Deputy Governor.
The rape walk with the theme “Not in our communities” is to provide a platform where all stakeholders in the fight against rape and sexual assault, can mobilize the community to take action against perpetrators of rape and report such cases to appropriate authority.
According to a statement by the Programme Officer of Partnership for Justice, Ivy Fidelia Basil-Ofili, “Ikeja Motor Park was strategically chosen as the meeting point as it will enable the group to create awareness among different sectors of the community who use the motor park including road transport workers, bus drivers, okada riders, etc.
The route, from the motor park to the Deputy Governor’s office, is a busy road in the metropolis and thus many people are expected to benefit from the awareness created by the walk”.
Some of the partners of the walk are Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Team (DVSART), Lagos State Gender Advocacy Team (LASGAT), LASUTH, Ministry of Justice, Office of the Public Defender and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. Others are the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development, Ministry of Health and WG8 on violence against women among others.