A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), in collaboration with the United States Consulate General Lagos, yesterday staged a 10km walk tagged: ‘No Tolerance March’, along the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge to create awareness against sexual violence and trafficking of women in Nigeria in commemoration of the foundation’s fifth anniversary and this year’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
The Director, WARIF, Dr. Kemi Dasilva-Ibru, said the 16 days of activism against Gender-based Violence is an international campaign to end violence against women and girls, which runs yearly from November 25 to December 10. She stated that much still needs to be done, as the number of domestic violence cases has increased, due to the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States Consul General to Lagos, Ms, Claire Pierangelo, in her welcome address, commended WARIF for its efforts towards the initiative, encouraging Nigerians to create constant awareness on sexual violence.
The campaigners trekked from Quest Filling Station, Lekki through Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge back to Admiralty Way.