The walk tagged #ReOrientationWalk, which took place on March 8th, was in celebration of International Women’s Day. The walk commenced at 10 am with the start-off point being Ogba Arcade Shopping Complex and ended at Agege.
The aim of the walk was to reorientTe people on the notion of indecent dressing being the main cause of rape. We also wanted to create more awareness on male rape, what to do when raped and how they can protect themselves from getting raped. The walk also served as an avenue to get feedbacks from communities/people, which is a mechanism to help us channel our advocacy to areas most pertinent.
The walk was graced by celebrities such as Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st (GCFR), Sisi Yemmie (a blogger) and a host of other passionate youths were also present to create more awareness on rape and sexual abuse at large.
The walk was supported by Awesome Treasures Foundation and TVC Africa.
16 Days of Activism (2014)
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.
This year’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!” The Young Men’s Network against VAW, Stand to End Rape (S.T.E.R) Initiative and YouthHub Africa are collaborating to run a “take a selfie/snapshot” campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence in Nigeria (and Africa).
Write a message on gender-based violence, take a picture of you holding it up and post on all social media platforms using the hashtag #16Days4Women and #16DaysofActivism.
Please cc: @StandtoEndRape.
Pictures should be posted between November 25 and December 10, 2014.
16 Days of Activism (2015)
SPEAK OUT TRAINING carried out in Osun State during the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender Based Violence
As part of the events marking the 24th anniversary of the global 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender Based Violence, Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER) embarked on the Speak Out Project for In School and Out of School Youths in Osun State. The STER Team visited three entities:
06/12/2015: International Friendship Link, Okinni-Osogbo
07/12/2015: Zion Baptist High School, Osogbo
09/12/2015: Bimkam International School, Osogbo
The training was centered on reorientation of the youths. They were employed to take a stand and also learn to speak out against any form of violence.
The training kicked off on the 6th of December at the International Friendship Link, where youths and teenagers were sensitized on “Gender Based Violence and its effect on Education”. It focused on the need to speak out against all forms of violence in our society and make education safe for all. The participants were excited and enlightened. They asked pertinent questions and responded impressively to the questions posed to them.
On the 7th of December 2015, about 150 senior secondary students of Zion Baptist High School were sensitized on the importance of Education as a fundamental human right, the need to join in the struggle to end violence and wage war against any action that violates their human right. The training was interactive as the students’ response showed an increased knowledge on the issue, while expressing their opinions. Their doubts were also cleared through a Question and Answer session. They were allowed to share their dreams for Nigeria and suggest strategies for mobilizing and leading change.
The students also participated in the practical session where they were able to write various forms of slogan on cardboards displaying their stand against all forms of violence.
And finally, on the 9th of December, the STER Team visited Bimkam International School. The School gave the team a very warm reception. The Senior Secondary Students participated in the sensitization exercise which went smoothly and successfully. The students listened attentively and responded positively. The training was quite interesting and the response, very impressive.
Items such as notepads were distributed in all entities visited.
The #AddYourVoice Campaign
In August 2015, STER engaged in a one month online advocacy tagged – Add Your Voice. An open call was placed online for individuals and influencers on social media to send their quote and personalized quote on rape to email@example.com. The campaign had a total of 1,933.751 million accounts reach with 5,021,412 impressions on social media.
Training on FGM for in-school and out-of school youths in Osun State
September 2nd – 3rd 2015 – 2 Day Training on FGM for in-school and out-of school youths in Osun State
In partnership with UNFPA Nigeria, Education as a Vaccine and Young Men’s Network against GBV, we held a 2 days training for youths from Iwo, Ila, Isokan, Ede and Ife Central in Osun State, Osogbo on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. The training was facilitated by the partners and STER Initiative was duly represented by Miss Ayodeji Osowobi and Zainab Sulaimon. Participants drew up a work plan of activities to be carried out in their respective locations/communities and they were implemented.
Radio Sensitization on the abandonment of FGM Practices in Osun State
September 6th, 21st & 23rd – Radio Sensitization on the abandonment of FGM Practices in Osun State
STER Initiative and Young Men’s Network against GBV with support from UNFPA Nigeria were resource persons for a one month radio sensitization program on RayPower FM, Osun State, which aimed at sensitizing and enlightening the general public of Osun State and beyond on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). STER Initiative facilitated the program on September 6th, 21st and 23rd respectively.
Social Media Awards Africa
January 24th -25th 2015 – Social Media Awards Africa
Sterling Bank and Development Diaries partnered to organize the 1st Social Media Africa Awards. Stand to End Rape Initiative was nominated in the category of the Best Use of Social Media by an NGO in Africa with contenders such as Red Cross Kenya, DayStar Church, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Sahara Reporters. STER emerged the winner in this category. The award night was held at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos, The award was received by Miss Ayodeji Osowobi, Kofoworola Adetunji, Omodasola Omibeku and one of the Board of Trustee member.
The award came with a plague, and a $1000 cash prize in a Sterling Bank Account.
Saturday, October 31st – Survivors Network
As a means of strengthening the partnership between STER Initiative and Mirabel Centre, we organized a Survivors Network meeting with survivors of rape both organizations have worked with. This is a platform created to follow-up on the healing process and get feedback on their needs/progress. Celebrities such as Bimbo Akintola, Ifeoma (EP, Hear Word) were in attendance to give support to the survivors and also brainstorm on how to amplify efforts in place to support survivors of rape.
Raising Awareness on Domestic Abuse and Rape (RADAR) Talk
On the 29th of December 2015, Lucid Lemons held its first ever event, RADAR (Raising Awareness for Domestic Abuse and Rape). The event was a great success with unimaginable turnouts of which ranged from the younger to the older generation. Guest speakers included; Mrs Juliet Olumuyiwa-Rufai the Centre Manager of Mirabel Centre, Dr Ayomide, Uche and the Executive Director of the Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER) Ayodeji Osowobi, who spoke on issues surrounding domestic abuse and rape in Nigeria. The speakers were also invited to a panel to answer several questions and take in thoughts from the audience.
Guests were entertained by upcoming artists Anexty, Jinmi Abduls, Timmy T and DJ FeMo, as well as treated to a beautiful spoken word piece by Ehpeaphany.
The event was intended to show that our generation are knowledgable and are very much interested in discussing real-life issues, without a doubt RADAR was a testament to that!
#WalkagainstRape by Rubies Ink
On the 10th of March 2016, Rubies Ink staged a walk against rape campaign in Lagos. The event attracted the attention of The Honorable Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in the state, Mrs. Lola Akande and various Nollywood artists, who took part in the walk.
Stand To End Rape Executive Director, Osowobi Oluwaseun Ayodeji, made emphasis on the need to have Rape Crisis centers in all Local governments in Lagos and mobile Courts for the fast and effective prosecution of Rapists.