Sunday, June 17, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: (CELEBRITIES) WALK AGAINST RAPE CAMPAIGN
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LAGOS STATE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS, CELEBRITIES ENDORSE WALK AGAINST RAPE CAMPAIGN
The second edition of the much awaited (Celebrities) Walk Against Rape has once more gotten a nod from the Lagos State Ministry Of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, the maiden edition of the campaign was held in April 2010 with over 1000 participants
Various celebrities such as Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Jimmy Jatt, Ali Baba, Owen Gee, Gt the Guiterman, Gbemi Olateru Olabegi (OAP)Isio Wanogho (Model), Bolaji Rosiji, Ego Obaro, Praise Fowowe,Jerrilyn Mulbah, Jodie,Bhaira (AMBO 3), Toni Payne, amongst other top celebrities have also endorsed the walk and showed great interest to participate in the walk and the one day sensitising workshop respectively
(Celebrities) Walk Against Rape Campaign is a special demonstration that brings together Nigerian Actors, Actresses, Sport Men, Media Practitioners, Musicians, DJs, Comedians, Youth Organisations, Showbiz Personalities and student delegates from various higher institutions and Secondary Schools around Lagos state to lend a voice to sexually abused women and children, particularly young girls between the ages of 3-16years and also showing their support to the course of bringing an abrupt end to RAPE in Nigeria where the number of rape cases is on the increase.
According to the Project Coordinator, Esther Ijewere Kalejaiye, “Our aim is to help in encouraging victims to speak out and reduce the stigmatization attached to the victims of sexual abuse and Rape as well as use “Walk Against Rape” as a platform to inform the society about the soaring scourge of sexual abuse especially as it relates to young girls and women in general” and also this year we intend achieving a lot more with the campaign as we would be having a one day sensitizing workshop for young people of secondary school age, young undergraduates and parents, where our Celebrity Ambassadors would be educating several young Nigerians on rape and child abuse. The theme for this year's walk and workshop is tagged: "BREAK THE SILENCE, SPEAK UP, WALK AGAINST RAPE"
The sensitising workshop will be held at the International school Unilag, Akoka on tuesday the 19th of June by 9am, while the walk is slated for thursday the 28th of June, the walk starts by 8am on , at the Police College, Ikeja (the point of convergence) and end at the Ministry Of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Secretariat, Alausa – Ikeja (point of departure) where we will be received by the Ministry of women affairs
Aside the celebrities that are attending the walk, invitations have also be sent to Non Government Organizations, Representatives from different Local Governments In Lagos State, Media Practitioners, Entertainment Stars (Musicians, Producers, Actors, Actresses, TV / Radio Presenters, Students Delegates From: (LASU, LASPOTECH AND UNILAG YABATECH), secondary school students, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arms of various Corporate Bodies, The General Public, etc.
(Celebrities) Walk Against Rape is packaged by Rubies Ink Initiative and supported by ONGA
Esther Ijewere Kalejaiye