Speak Out Against Domestic Violence – Watch the Revealing Video by Wellbeing Foundation Africa

Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 4:42 PM

By Atoke

Domestic Violence is indeed ‘the secret sin’. It’s happening in so many families and most of the time, women are the victims and we’re keeping quiet. It is not a joke and women are dying all over the world because some people still believe that it is something that can be trivialized. People continue to stay with domestic partners for fear of societal reproach and judgment. We are the society and we should stop providing an environment which condones remaining with an abusive partner.

“He started with a few slaps and then apologized. He would buy gifts, and apologize and then we would move on. But then, it graduated.”

When I hear things like this, my blood boils and it reaffirms my stand to get the word out there so that it can stop.

Today, the 21st the Wellbeing Foundation, Africa has chosen today, (in support of the Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2012 ‘Reducing Domestic Violence Campaign‘) as the day for creating awareness of the human and emotional cost of domestic violence by launching a short Eliminate Domestic Violence documentary which voices the experiences of gender-based violence victims.

We all need to stand together to say NO… to the perception that running away from a violent man is wrong. Say NO!… to being used as a punching bag. Say NO!… to beating as a form of birth control.

Describing domestic violence as the “secret sin,” Wellbeing Foundation Africa Founder-President Mrs. Toyin Saraki reiterates that issues of domestic violence occur in many families and communities around the world when individuals are not allowed to live in peace with respect and dignity.

The foundation has partnered with Project Alert Nigeria to give a voice to victims. In this poignant video, documenting the personal stories of Katherine Obiang, ‘Jane,’ Hadiza Zaaki-Azzay and Abimbola; and the impact of domestic violence on their lives, we hope that we can completely eradicate domestic violence. No half measures, but a complete eradication.
If that guy/girl is slapping you around, please leave. It’s not worth losing your life.

Please say NO! to domestic violence today.

Watch the “Reducing Domestic Violence” video here!


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The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) is a leading frontline African Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and empowerment organization, dedicated to transforming the lives of women and children through advocacy and action. WBFA achieves this goal by forming strategic partnerships and engaging local and international stakeholders while providing practical support interventions and tools such as the WBFA IMNCH Personal Health Record©. Committed to health, education, women’s empowerment and social welfare, WBFA, founded by Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Saraki in 2003, promotes MNCH through the UN’s Every Woman Every Child effort, diverse multi-sector initiatives, and advocacy campaigns including WBFA 24-7-365 and the Millennium Development Goals Countdown to 2015.
For more information, please visit http://www.wbfafrica.org.

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  • 15 Comments on “Speak Out Against Domestic Violence – Watch the Revealing Video by Wellbeing Foundation Africa”

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    • Sabirah September 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Broke my heart to watch this video, we really need to talk more about this issue. 50%??? wow that’s just appalling!

    • purplepearl September 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      This is definitely a good cause, i salute you Mrs Saraki. God bless your heart

    • rew September 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      We need more organizations like this and def need more awareness.

    • jennietobbie September 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Speak out and you will be heard! Also, u can help someone else stand up and walk away.

    • naijasportsgists September 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      Domestic violence is bad. Let’s call a spade, a spade. She could be nasty, yes but be more matured than hitting her.
      http://naijasportsgists.wordpress.com/

    • adenike September 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      My sister went through hell in her marriage until God eventually waded in by pushing the man and his belongings out of the house. Today,her hair can’t grow in the middle anymore – no thanks to the monster who forcefully pulled out her million braids two days after she made the hair.
      May God continue to be with Mrs. Toyin Saraki – this is a laudable initiative.
      May God help every woman going through some form of domestic violence. The men who look like they won’t hurt a fly end up being monsters in the house.

    • konnie September 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      This is so important and I hope it is playing all over Nigeria and where ever not just on the net. It is a start. Hopefully abused women/men some of which are in my family will at least take the first action of saving themselves by stepping out of the situation.
      Hey I forgot my in-law is also abused but we can’t seem to get her away from the bagga. She keeps going back which prolongs the problem.

      Toyin Saraki, this is very good and I hope this project is successful because. if the society develops an intolerance for violence against people, it will stop

      Well done

    • konnie September 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      50% is probably a modest estimate

    • Na wa! September 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      50% of married women sufer spousal abuse in Nigeria? Now that is very high. No wonder most Nigerian married women look like a shadow of themselves. I don’t envy them at all.

    • Kemi September 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Wow! 50%? that’s a lot… We definitely need more organizations like this because a lot of us girls who want to get married already also need to be aware of this. I think most people just think “it won’t happen to me” and ignore the little things that men do that show that they will be violent in the future…
      http://journeyofthechosen.wordpress.com/

    • faith September 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      wife battering is so real…

    • timma September 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      The sad thing is that we women are our own worst enemies,castigating our fellow women who leave their relationship due to Violence,have a friend whose marriage couldn’t last 6months cos of Violence,was almost blinded and her hair started falling off.There really should be more Govt support for this cause.

    • Idak September 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Where was that stat plucked out of?
      In this days of scientific advancements, we must not accept tantalizing stats in the name of

    • sharon September 22, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      say what??? so zaki is a celebrity,issorait.
      On a more serious note,big ups to these women for taking the bold step and speaking up,heres hoping that this would give a voice to many more out there who are afraid…
      Thumbs up to my bro Jebo for an amazing job on the video.

    • Domestic Violence Case November 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Awesome things here. I’m very glad to look your article. Thanks so much and I am looking ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a mail?