Corporate Women Rise Against Domestic Violence

(L-R): Community Engagement Officer Inclusive Women Organization ; Yewande Ajayi,  Nollywood actress, Rachael Oniga;Executive Referral Team Nigeria,  Bamigbaiye-Elatuyi Omotola , a member of the organization and singer/actress Dayo Amusa at the Inclusive Women International Lagos Conference held at Berkeley Hotel, GRA Ikeja

How do we minimize the spate of
domestic violence threatening the survival of most contemporary families? This
was the thrust of an awareness conference organised by members of the Inclusive
Women International at Berkley Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

Speaking at the event, popular
Nollywood actress Bukky Wright, urged women battling with domestic abuse to
seek professional help and not “die in silence.” 
The Nollywood ace, who has battled
series of broken marriages, said women are often disadvantaged in the home
front, adding that societal stigma is reason why most women suffer in silence.
“Most of the time, the women are
made to go through things, and society has a way of making you look like the
devil when problems come,” she said.
“Marriage is meant to be enjoyed by
both partners. But why would women have to endure it (marriage) rather than
enjoy it?”
She narrated how she had had to make
difficult choices between her would-be partner and her acting career, urging
young women not to give up their dreams in the name of marriage.
“Most women remain in abusive
marriages because of fear of the unknown. African or no African values, women
are human beings with blood running in their veins. We must learn to speak up
and not die in silence all in the name of tradition,” she said.
Manager Inclusive Women Organization;Mrs Salome Eketunde,  Nollywood
actress, Rachael Oniga; Executive Referral Team Nigeria, 
Bamigbaiye-Elatuyi Omotola , Actress, Bukky Wright and Treasury &
Finance , Laura Obaiyan-Odedina, of Inclusive Womem Organization at the
Inclusive Women International Lagos Conference held at Berkeley Hotel,
GRA Ikeja.
Explaining how the group assists women in overcoming
domestic abuse, harassment, bullying, stalking and other related issues, women
empowerment advocate and Executive Referral Team Lead of the group, Mrs.
Omotola Bamigbaye-Elatuyi, said peaceful co-habitation between partners is the
objective of the group.
“This group does not encourage women to leave their
relationships; peaceful cohabitation is what we preach. For us, our goal is to
create a platform that allows victims of domestic violence to speak out,” she
In 1993, the United Nations enacted a declaration on
elimination of violence against women. But it remains worrisome that almost 23
years after, one in three women still experiences physical or sexual violence,
mostly by an intimate partner.  


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