Olori Wuraola Zynab Ogunwusi, wife of the Ooni of Ife has launched her advocacy campaign – #1in3Africa.
“It is our God given right, not just to show empathy towards victims but to set forth action to help them find their voice. Silencing the abused is also a form of abuse. Men also have a crucial role to play in speaking out against violence. This awareness also includes demanding a change of the cultural and social stigmas that perpetuate the problem. Together, we can help those who need us. ”
– Her Majesty Wuraola Zynab Ogunwusi
The official press release outlines the statistics behind the initiative;
#1in3Africa Campaign is a call to action to spread awareness to end domestic violence and sexual abuse against women across the continent. 1 in 3 Women have been beaten or experienced sexual violence. The United Nations estimates that 70% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Around 120 Million girls worldwide have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives and by far the most common perpetrators of sexual violence against girls are current or former husbands, partners or boyfriends. 1 in 3 women will die as a result of that violence.
The #1in3Africa Campaign is formally endorsed by the Emir of Kano, Actress Tonto Dikeh, Toke Makinwa, and Mercy Aigbe. Supporters include Kate Henshaw, Ini Edo, Monalisa Chinda, Uche Jombo, Funke Akindele, Seyi Shay, Adunni Ade, Ndidi Obioha, Chika Acholonu, Ifeoma WIlliams amongst many others.
Watch Tonto Dikeh’s video for the campaign.
The #1in3Africa Walk takes place on Friday June 30, 2017 at 10AM. The start off point is Awolowo Road by Falomo Roundabout. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, #1in3Africa therapists can be reached via 08157131313, 08158131313
Photo: Olori Wuraola – Instagram