oncerned by incessant cases of sexual assault and violence against women, the Youths of Agege-Dopemu has organized an awareness walk against rape and gender based violence.
The walk, which was an advocacy programme of the Youth Wing aimed to raise awareness against the scourge.
The event which took off from Pako bus stop witnessed the youths carrying placards inscribed with different messages including “No to gender based violence”, “Stop violence against women”, “Raise your voices against sexual violence”, “Stand up and speak out” and “say no to rape and sexual violence.”
A representative of the youth wing stated that “gender-based violence is not a women’s issue.” He noted that it was a human rights issue that needs both men and women to contribute to its end.
He added that “for this problem to end, men must play a significant role and we are pleased to see that men are increasingly recognizing their responsibility to help end this scourge.”
“The Youth Wing believe that no individual, organization, foundation, or government can stop the epidemic of sexual violence; but by responding to the responsibility of tackling the problem collectively, each bringing together his/her unique piece of the solution. It is believed that participation in these collaborative efforts is critical in making our voices heard and to bringing an end to sexual violence in our society.”