Echoes of Hope: Ending Sexual Violence in Nigeria

Olaoluwa Abagun
Posted December 8, 2017 from Nigeria

In the face ofappalling statistics, heart wrenching stories and a widening gender gap, I have always held on to anunflinching HOPE that sexual violence (one of the most degrading violations of girls/women's bodily rights) can and will become history. A few months after my 23rd birthday in2014, it was this hope and strong belief that motivated me to establish a grassroots NGO"Girl Pride Circle", towards speaking up for girls' rights to education, equal opportunities and violence free communities and galvanizingaction across Nigerian communities.

To commemorate the 3rd anniversary of Girl Pride Circle and on the sidelines of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign, "Echoes of Hope" makes a strong call to action for the Nigerian government, traditional rulers, religious leaders and the general public to kick out sexual violence. This mini documentary synthesizes the bold voices and recommendations of young survivors, advocates, professionals and adolescent girls, charting a path to a new Nigeria where sexual violence is a thing of the past.

This story was submitted in response to After #MeToo: Stories of Change.

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Olutosin
Dec 08, 2017
Dec 08, 2017

Thanks so much for your wonderful work my dear sister.

Olaoluwa Abagun
Dec 08, 2017
Dec 08, 2017

Thank you sis Olutosin! We are comrades in this journey and one thing is certain...we will WIN.

Jill Langhus
Dec 09, 2017
Dec 09, 2017

Hi Olaoluwa. Great video, logo and branding. I'm following your social media pages now and will share your video and story as well on them. Keep us posted on your great work!

Olaoluwa Abagun
Dec 09, 2017
Dec 09, 2017

Thanks for your kind words jlanghus! I appreciate your interest in our work. I would be glad to share details of our work, going forward.

Jill Langhus
Dec 09, 2017
Dec 09, 2017

You're very welcome:) Looking forward to it... Have a great day!

SanPatagonia
Dec 16, 2017
Dec 16, 2017

Hi Olaoluwa, what can I say... I was deeply touched by the figures but most deeply by the brave and strong voices portrayed in the video you shared. I've found particularly appealing the line "So because we can't freely talk about sex, how you're going to talk about the bad things that happen when you have sex?". So true! Information is power, knowledge is power, having a strong voice is an outcome of that process. I could see it in the young girls at the end of the video - their strength, their determination, their profound awareness... Your job is inspiring as it is your voice. Thank you for sharing!

Stay strong!

Olaoluwa Abagun
Dec 16, 2017
Dec 16, 2017

This warms my heart. I really appreciate your kind words!