Tuesday, 29 November 2016


Are you a man or boy living in Abuja? Are you aware that 1 out of 3 women still experience physical or sexual violence of pandemic proportions like domestic violence, forced sterilisation, female genital mutilation, sexual harassment in schools and at work, sexual abuse, trafficking, slavery, forced prostitution and rape of women and girls? Do you hate violence against women or men? Do you wish there is something you can do to stop this violence or contribute to the fight to end the circle of violence? Then this is an opportunity.

All men and young boys in Abuja metropolis have been invited to take part in the Walk of a 1000 men slated for Thursday, December 8, 2016.

At a press conference which was held to announce the event and drum up support for it, the organisers of the event; Mercy Corps, UK Department for International Development (DFID), Habiba Dangana (Hadis) Foundation, The Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund (NWTF) and Women of Glory (WOG) foundation ably represented by Amina Salihu, Olufunke Baruwa and Nikky Nzewi explained that they want to try something different by getting the men to lead the walk because of the expected multiplier effect of men urging fellow men to stop perpetuating violence against women.

Of course the organisers want violence against anybody whether by men or women to stop.

The objectives of the event which is created to commemorate the International Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women include using the walk as a platform to raise awareness and drive and willingness to take action to end violence against women and girls; increasing knowledge of existing rights of women and girls among targeted population of men and boys; creating an enabling environment for peaceful family life through media campaigns and finally increasing linkages to violence prevention, mitigation platforms/services and support system for women and girls undergoing abusive relationships.

The take off point for the walk is Millennium Park where participants will be sensitised and briefed on the objectives of the campaign. The participants will sign a commitment to protect women everywhere.

Security, first aid and van will be made available to support the walk.

Branded t-shirts, face caps, will be made available to the first 500 men.

There will of course be refreshment for every participant.

The walk will then pass through Federal Secretariat back to Millennium park.

The members of the media present commended the initiative and promised to give it needed media support.

You can lend your support @protectwomenng

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