On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, Enough is Enough Nigeria, Project Alert, Rubies Ink, Delta Women, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) along with several other civil society organizations and individuals will walk in several cities around Nigeria to raise awareness about violence against women in Nigeria, and in particular, demand action on the gang-rape of a young lady by five young men alleged to be students of Abia State University (ABSU).
The walk will take place in the following cities:
- · Abia: Walk will commence at the Okpara square in Umuahia, Abia state and conclude at the state house.
- · Lagos: Protest will hold at the Abia State Liaison Office Plot 122B, Ahamadu Bello Way in Victoria Island, Lagos.
- · Abuja : Protesters will converge at The Eagle Square
Since news of this gang-rape came to light, many Nigerians have weighed in on the matter, including the Honourable Minister of Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi. A statement from his office stated, “The Honourable Minister views the behavior of the perpetrators as decadent and barbaric. Mallam Abdullahi therefore calls on the University authorities and relevant security agencies to step up action to ensure that the heartless and wicked perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted.”
The Abia State Governor, Dr T.A Orji and the ABSU Vice Chancellor, have both said the incident did not happen in the University or the State. Regardless of location, a crime took place and the fervent assertion of the Abia State Governor that the video was staged by his ‘enemies,’ in addition to the ABSU Vice Chancellor’s declaration that the young men are not students of his university, though they are yet to be identified, are two of the main reasons why this protest walk must take place. The mindset of perpetual denial and impunity is one of the reasons violence against women continues unabated all across the country.
This protest walk is a clarion call for all the relevant authorities to unmask the ‘ABSU 5’ and bring them to justice. Anything less would be unacceptable.
More information on the walk can be found on http://www.facebook.com/pages/RapeWalk/238322936219276 or through the Twitter handle @RapeWalk and #ABSURapeWalk.
DeltaWomen – a Not for profit, non government organization registered in USA & Nigeria – empowers the women of the Delta State, Nigeria by supporting their social, economic & political needs and basic human rights. Our aim is to help Nigerian women attain optimal health and development geared towards becoming self reliant individuals using innovative approaches. www.deltawomen.org
EnoughisEnough Nigeria (www.eienigeria.org) is a coalition of individuals and youth led-organizations committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through advocacy, activism and the mobilization of the youth population as responsible citizens. The coalition includes Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), The Future Project, Education as a Vaccine (EVA) and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria.
The Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) is a non-governmental organization with a mission to strengthen organizations and create initiatives dedicated to the advancement of women. We work primarily in Nigeria in the areas of leadership development for young women and on collaborative projects aimed at removing barriers to women’s public participation and ending violence against women. Our offices are located at 42/46 Moshood Abiola Crescent, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos. www.kind.org
Idea Builders Initiative’s mission statement is to inspire, engage and equip women and girls to transform their lives and become change agents in society; We do this by providing unique platforms and tools that inspire women and young people to transform their lives, become leaders and succeed as social entrepreneurs.www.ideabuilders.org
Project Alert on Violence Against Women (Project Alert) is a non-governmental organization set up in Jan 199 to promote and protect the rights of women and young girls. The organization does this through sensitizing the public on the various forms of violence; and rendering practical support services to female victims of violence. These support services include Counselling, Legal Aid and Shelter. The shelter, known as Sophia’s Place is the first abused women refuge in Nigeria. It was set up in May 200. The organizational headquarters is located at 21 Akinsanya Street, off Isheri Rd, Ojodu Berger, Lagos.www.projectalertnig.org