RAISING OUR VOICES AGAINST INSECURITY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN NIGERIA

Obisakin Busayo
Posted March 8, 2019 from Nigeria
ADVOCY FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR WOMEN

On the new year's day when people woke up happily to say happy new year to one another, we woke to hear the crying of horror from a hotel not far from our home. The cleaners of the hotel was going round to clean the rooms to get them ready for their customers, what did they found in one of the room, the mutilated body of a lady. The breast was gone, her private part scraped, her eyes, fingers were all gone. These has been the stories for some time now especially when the election was around the corner. Women are the target of rituals for money and power. In my community now, you dare not spread your undies outside your room, the people that will take them away are always around the corner and the moment your undies are taken away , then you are dead person. In some state in Nigeria, women and girls would be accosted in corners to remove their pants and give it up at gun point. It has become a serious nightmare. Women and Girls are no more free, they walk about in fear. This is the reason why we felt that today to mark the International Women Day, we should raise our voices and call on government to put in place policies and law that give Nigeria women and safe environment to thrive. How can we balance the equality for better world in the face this kind of menace? We went out today to confront the ritualist, the unruly guys that are their agents in getting their preys. We went out with the strength of all our sisters all over the world, with your courage and your voices together with our own and we felt like super women as we confront these fearful and wicked human being.  In World Pulse you can never be stranded, the power of all your sister always solidly behind you. 13 new people joined World Pulse today to be part of this sisterhood and others went home with the link to give to their daughters to join World Pulse. Happy International Day to all!!

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Jill Langhus
Mar 08
Mar 08

Hi Busayo,

Oh, this is sad and worrying:( I'm glad you went out to confront this evil group. How did it go?

Good job on the addition of the new sisters:-)

I hope you have a safe, rest of IWD!

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

So sad my Sister! the walk went well, we could feel the support of the populace as we move on the streets for the campaign and the sensitization have been generating some discussions of the issue in the community. We are hope that Government will take actions soon

Jill Langhus
Mar 11
Mar 11

Yes:-(

Oh, very nice. Well, that's great, then. Movement in the right direction.

Okay, I will hold that thought and prayer. Kudos to you, and I hope you keep us posted on any developments. I hope they are all good ones:-)

Moutushi Dey
Mar 08
Mar 08

Busayo, sorry that you and your community is amidst such crisis.
I hope things will stabilize soon and your voice gets heard. Be safe, your courage is inspiring!

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

We are hoping so too. Thank you for your Love

Olutosin
Mar 08
Mar 08

May God save women in Nigeria. We are filled with fear day and night,
Welldone ma.

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thank you so much my Sister! god will have mercy on us

Julie Zenterra
Mar 08
Mar 08

Thank you for your dedicated efforts to change this, Busayo. No one should be forced to surrender their underwear at the point of a gun, or otherwise feel unsafe. Thank you for educating others, and calling them to account for their own actions which may be supporting superstition and creating darkness, even death, for women and girls in Nigeria.

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thank you my Sister for the encouragement

Wala Lut
Mar 08
Mar 08

It is not safe for women in Nigiera..
Happy women day.

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

That is just the summary but we will not keep silent, we will continue to raise our voices until safe environment is ensured for women and girls in the country

Urmila Chanam
Mar 08
Mar 08

Dear sister Busayo,
I am shocked to hear how unsafe Nigeria is for girls and women and the patterns of attack like undergarments being stolen and then the girls and women to whom these belonged are murdered. This is organised genocide against the female population happening around the world. Thank you for your march today to reclaim our spaces and demand for our rights. A happy International Women's Day sister, keep marching, we are with you.

Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam,
India,You can reach me at urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

Yes! it is o my Sister, God have mercy on us. Thank you for the encouragement my Sister

Dawn Arteaga
Mar 08
Mar 08

Happy International Women’s Day!! Congratulations on bringing along so many new women and girls. Thank you
For the strength and beauty you bring to this community!

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

It is indeed my pleasure Dawn! Ambassador of World Pulse forever!

Leina
Mar 08
Mar 08

OMG sis,it appears they keep inventing new ways of making life miserable for women.Thank you for your bravery and tenacity.Happy IWD!xoxoxo

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

Yes o my Sister, God have mercy on us! Thanks for your encouragement

otahelp
Mar 08
Mar 08

congratulations Busayo. wonderful speech and brave work. not easy getting 13 women and girls to join world pulse. kudos for your courage.

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thank you my Sister for your encouragement!

Keturah Shammah
Mar 08
Mar 08

Happy Women's Day Busayo!

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

Wishing you the same Sis!

Hello, Sister Busayo,

I commend you for your bravery to raise your voices to stop this cruelty against women. This violence is ABSURD! Inhumane! Thank you for marching out to defend women.

Kudos for bringing more sisters on World Pulse. You're a formidable changemaker! Thank you!

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thank you Karen! it took putting on the strength of all of you my Sisters round the world but I am glad we are able to do it. Our walk has generated series of reactions in the community

Eastina Taylor
Mar 10
Mar 10

I salute you my sister, I pray things get better for all the women in Nigeria. I am visiting Nigeria in mid April and this makes me scared.

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thank you my dear Sister for the encouragement. We are hoping things will get better too. We will be glad to have you in Nigeria Sis