On Thursday, June 30, top Nigerian celebrities gathered at Allen junction roundabout as Women Arise CEO, Dr Joe Odumakin staged a public awareness/sensitization road show on Gender Based Violence and young persons in Nigeria.
The event which kicked at 10am had in attendance Nollywood stars such as veteran Nollywood actor and film maker Tunde Kelani, Kate Henshaw, Chioma Akpotha, Saidi Balogun, Dayo Amusa and Foluke Daramola-Salako. Comedians in attendance include king of comedy Ali Baba and Princess. Other notable Nigerians in attendance as they matched to the Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja include SP Dolapo Badmus (Lagos state Police Command PPRO), Mrs Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, (ED Project Alert), Prince Goodluck Obi (President United Nations of Youth Nigeria), Mrs Betty Abah (ED CEE-HOPE Nigeria) among others. Notable Nigerian politicians who received the group at the House of Assembly include Honorable Mudashiru Obasa (Speaker Lagos state House of Assembly), Hon Funmi Tejuosho and Hon Olusegun Olulade.
They all took turns to address everyone present at the awareness walk. Also part of the program lined up for the event was the official decoration of Nigerian celebrities by Hon Mudashiru Obasa, as they were unveiled as the ambassadors for Public Awareness/Sensitization on Gender Based Violence and young persons in Nigeria.
Speaking at thePublic Awareness/Sensitization Walk, the president of Women Arise, Dr Joe Odumakin disclosed that: “Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a form of violence affecting the female gender and is disturbing on the rise. This is threatening our younger generation and the future as the category mostly affected is the youths. However, youths are both perpetrators and victims of violence.”
She added that: “Women Arise is on a mission to alarm the rising state of violence in our society, sensitize the public on the dangers and work out measures to arrest the odd trend. Young persons are largely victims of rape, trafficking, early or forced marriage, mob actions and other forms of domestic violence. GBV causes injuries, disorientation, disorganization, displacement and death as the case may be. Let’s avoid/prevent GBV and make our society a better place. If a neighbor is victim today, it means we are not safe, ourselves. Be a neighbor’s keeper, love respect and prevent violence against others.”
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