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‘Orange Street’ surfaces in Lagos as UNIC and partners say No to violence against women

Lagos, 26 November 2014. In a carnival-like atmosphere spiced with drums, songs and dances, UNIC Lagos in its characteristic manner, created an ‘Orange Street’ yesterday as it mobilized over 350 people to ‘orange’ the Ikoyi neighbourhood of Lagos as one of the activities marking the observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, celebrated every 25 November.

'Orange Street' in Lagos

‘Orange Street’ in Lagos


The rally, tagged, ‘The Orange Rally’, organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with the Lagos State Government and a network of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), was attended by representatives of sixteen government agencies; fifteen Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs); fifteen media organisations; four UN Agencies; four secondary schools; one University and one Skill Acquisition Centre.
Lagos Deputy Governor  Hon. (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, addresses the 'Orange Rally' at UNIC premises

Lagos Deputy Governor Hon. (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, addresses the ‘Orange Rally’ at UNIC premises


In his message on the observance, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon noted that women and girls experienced violence in all countries and neighbourhoods but those crimes often remained unreported and hidden. ‘We must end the silence’, he urged, ‘Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.’
L-R: Popular TV Newscaster, Bimbo Oloyede; Deputy Governor and Snr Public Information Officer, UNIC, Lagos, Envera Selimovic

L-R: Popular TV Newscater, Bimbo Oloyede; Deputy Governor and Snr Public Information Officer, UNIC, Lagos, Envera Selimovic


The message read by the Senior Public Information Officer, Envera Selimovic, further called on everyone to ‘challenge discrimination and impunity and put a stop to the mindsets and customs that encourage, ignore or tolerate the global disgrace of violence against women and girls.’

Declaring the event open after her release of orange and blue balloons to symbolise the beginning of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Honourable (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, called on all stakeholders to work with government to put an end to violence against women. She noted that there was no justification for rape, sexual assault and violence against women. ‘Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation’, she added.

National Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun gives a closing remark

National Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun gives a closing remark

In his closing remarks, the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, urged parents to eschew those cultural stereotypes that do not promote gender equality especially those that outrightly discriminate against the girl child.

'Orange Rally'

‘Orange Rally’


The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marks the commencement of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence which ends on 10 December, the International Human Rights Day.

A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women

Lagos joined the rest of Nigeria and indeed, the whole world to mark the International Day for the elimination of violence against women on Monday, 25 November 2013. The Observance which was organized by the United Nations Information Centre in collaboration with the Mind Mapping Development Initiative (MMDI), took place at the Fountain Heights Secondary School, Surulere Lagos, and attracted 237 participants from six secondary schools; seven media organisations; and four Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO).

The National Information Officer of UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun reads the Secretary General's message on the occasion

The National Information Officer of UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun reads the Secretary General’s message on the occasion


There was no dull moment from start to finish as participants were treated to two educative yet entertaining drama presentations; an Essay presentation as well as inspiring speeches, including that of the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon. This was followed by an interactive session on “How am I involved?” to elicit response from the participants. The session afforded the students an opportunity to air their views on the issue of violence against women and girls. This aspect of the programme revealed some potentially dangerous gender-based beliefs held by some of the secondary school boys in attendance; prominent amongst these was that ‘Girls are usually very insulting therefore, they get beaten up by boys’. This misconception was quickly corrected by the Facilitator of the session, Ms Ifesinachi Sam-Emuwa, the Director of Treasureland Health Builders Initiative, who noted that such a stereotyped statement was itself, violence against women and girls. She enjoined the participants to eschew any act that could bring harm to women and girls.
The National Information Officer of UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun (Middle), student dancers and other dignitaries at the programme.

The National Information Officer of UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun (Middle), student dancers and other dignitaries at the programme.


In his special message on the occasion, Secretary General Ki-moon called for support of the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which, according to him, helped respond to human rights violations and needs from physical safety to economic security. Mr Ki-moon, whose message was read by the National Information Officer & Officer-in-charge of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, observed that while the demand for its grants has more than doubled in recent years, the amount it has been able to distribute has diminished by 60 per cent. ‘I appeal to all partners to help meet this vast unmet demand for resources to further advance efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls’, he added. Orange man and performers
Welcoming the participants, Soremekun noted that ending violence against women and girls required the commitment of all – government, civil society, women organisations, men, young people, the media and other partners; adding that every individual should make commitment to shun violence against women and girls.
Soremekun called on members of the public to join hands together and end violence against women and girls in Nigeria. “Women and girls are entitled to freedom from violence. Say NO! Unite to end violence against women and girls in the country”, he added. The programme ended with an echo of ‘A promise is a promise: This is the time for action to end violence against women’.