A non-governmental organisation, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) has educated about 7,695 students across Nigerian universities on the dangers of rape, sexual abuse, gender-based violence and human trafficking amongst women and girls.
WARIF, established in 2016, is set to address the high incidence of rape, sexual violence and trafficking of young girls and women in countries across Nigeria and Africa.
In carrying out its objectives, WARIF has created pillars to implement its initiatives, which involves health, education, and community.
Founder, WARIF, Dr. Kemi DaSilva-Ibru, while speaking with journalists, noted that survivors of rape and sexual violence are offered free forensic medical examinations and treatment, as well as counseling and welfare assistance, with shelter, legal aid and vocational skills acquisition at the WARIF Rape Crisis Centre.
DaSilva-Ibru said: “Sexual and Gender-based violence (SGBV) is a human rights violation with detrimental impacts on victims, survivors, families, communities, and societies. Women living with disabilities and those with or at risk of HIV/AIDS are disproportionately more at risk of SGBV.
“SGBV encompasses sexual, physical, emotional and psychological violence, early marriage, trafficking, female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual harassment and rape.
She said so much has changed in the gender landscape and we are mindful of this situation. “Most of the victims are under 18 and the situation of sexual abuse keep increasing, how do we stop the cases?”
She implored both men and women to shun rape and other related cases.