Tonto Dikeh, Others Led Walk Against Domestic Violence
Actress Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Aigbe and Queen Wuraola, the wife of the Ooni of Ife, led a campaign against domestic violence.
The trio in conjunction with the 1in3 Africa campaign walked the streets of Lagos, on June 30, 2017, to show their displeasure at the high rate of domestic violence cases
Recall that Mercy Aigbe and Tonto Dikeh are both victims of domestic violence and have taken the DV awareness to heart.
The group kicked off their walk at 10 am under the Falomo Bridge by Awolowo Road, Lagos. This came after Aigbe took to Instagram writing, “Battery and Assault is a CRIME! #saynodomesticviolence #saynotoassault
Olori Wuraola Zynab Ogunwusi, wife of the Ooni of Ife launched the 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. ” said Queen Wuraola
When asked what the initiative behind the campaign is, she added that
“ #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.