Lagos – United Nations Information Centre Lagos Nigeria, in collaboration with an NGO – Women Optimum Development Foundation (WODEF) organized an interactive forum on Tuesday 27 November 2012 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The event which was held at the hall of Southfield Children Academy was attended by over sixty-seven participants including students and their teachers from seven secondary schools in the Bariga area of Lagos, representatives from State Police Command, the media and Non Governmental Organizations.
The National Coordinator of WODEF, Mrs. Bimbo Oloyede gave the welcome remarks while the Secretary-General’s message was read by the Officer in Charge of the United Nations Information Centre, Lagos, Ms. Olajumoke Araba.
The audience broke up into groups for the Plenary discussions. The target audience- students from the seven secondary schools (male / female and mixed) were divided into five groups and their teachers formed the sixth group. The NGOs present, UNIC and WODEF staff including WODEF National Coordinator and UNIC Officer-In-Charge, chaired the group discussions. Each group had a topic for discussion such as Rape, Human trafficking, Domestic violence, Sexual harassment, Teenage pregnancy and Gender-based Violence in general.
Group reports after the Plenary discussions indicated the students now have a better and clearer understanding of what Violence against Women and Girls is all about, what they could do to prevent it and also serve as agents to spread the Secretary-General’s campaign slogan – ‘Say No. UNiTE to end Violence against women and girls’.
Afterwards, there was a Radio drama presentation titled “Double wahala”. The drama was a typical example of Violence against women and girls in Pidgin English.
Lastly, there was the presentation of promotional items:-.
Included in the folders given to the secondary pupils and their teachers is a booklet “CEDAW made easy: Understanding women’s rights as human rights” published by WODEF.
Flexi-banners on the Secretary-General’s campaign slogan –“Say No. UNiTE to end Violence against Women” were presented to each of the schools for display in their different schools.
The State Police Command, represented by the DPO for Bariga Police Station, SP Edmund Afraimu, was presented with Reflective Jackets with the Secretary-General’s campaign slogan (“Say No. UNiTE to end Violence against Women”) printed on them. The idea is for the Traffic wardens to wear these Jackets at strategic junctions thereby spreading the campaign to every nook and cranny of the State.
The event was featured on both Television and Print media. Two TV channels – Channels TV featured it in the evening and Silverbird Television the following evening. In the case of the Print media – Punch newspapers and The Nation reported it the following day.