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PILA partners Lagos State on rally to demand justice for rape, sexual harassment victims

From left: Mrs Joyce Ojemudia, President, Professional Insurance Ladies Association (PILA) and Mrs Bolaji Dada, Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation Lagos State during a rally organized by PILA in partnership with the Ministry to demand for justice for victims of rape and sexual violence in Lagos.

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Chuks Udo Okonta

Women in insurance under the umbrella body of Professional Insurance Ladies Association (PILA) has held a rally in Lagos to demand for justice for victims of rape and sexual harassment in the Country.

The Group through a partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation echoed their voice to condemn the increasing cases of rape and sexual abuse against women.

Joyce Ojemudia, president of PILA told journalist during an interview on the sideline of the rally held at Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa Ikeja that the Association is worried about the growing trend and has decided to partner with relevant agencies of government to move against this ugly development.

Ojemudia therefore called on the Lagos State Government to rise up to its responsibility and protect vulnerable women in the State who are regularly dehumanized, traumatized through rape and sexual violence.

The rally witnessed by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Matters, saw display of placards with inscription such as ‘Justice For Rape Victims’; Leave Me Alone Means NO’; ‘We Say No To Sexual Violence’; among others.

Bolaji Dada in her response thanked PILA for coming to partner with the State Government to create awareness and for advocacy against rape in the State.

“We as a Ministry is ready to partner and collaborate with relevant women groups and agencies to advance the advocacy and awareness creation about the need to end rape and sexual violence in Lagos State.”

From left: Mrs Kalesanwo Oluyemi, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation; Mrs Olufemi Ogun, Past President Professional Insurance Ladies Association (PILA); Bolaji Dada, Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation; Mrs Oluseyi Ifaturoti, past president, PILA; Mrs Joyce Ojemudia, President, PILA; Mrs Olive Don-Okafor, Asst. General Secretary, PILA; Mrs Margaret Moore, Deputy President, PILA; Mrs Mfon Akpan, General Secretary, PILA and Abimbola Onakomaiya, Vice President, PILA during a rally organized by PILA in partnership with the Ministry to demand for justice for victims of rape and sexual violence in Lagos.

“We say no to all forms of gender based sexual harassment and domestic violence. Rape is diabolic, and is evil, Dada said.

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