[The Sexuality Blog] A SlutWalk is coming to Lagos

Slutwalk

I guess this is the last thing you’d expect to happen in Lagos, but it is actually happening. Lagos is having its very Slutwalk. The La Femme Foundation, a women’s right NGO is organizing the very first slut walk as a place where women can safely protest the rampant sexual violence targeted against women, educate women how to protect themselves and prosecute the men who deign to sexual harass them or even outrightly rape women. The Slutwalk is also meant to empower women who have suffered from rape and sexual violence and allow them speak publicly and plainly about their assault.

 

You would think that this is the kind of thing that Nigeria’s myriad of magazines targeted at women would throw all their support behind, but it has actually been the opposite and even Adesua Oyenokwe’s  Today’s Woman (Oyenokwe still has some explaining to do because of her horrible interview with Bobrisky) went as far asking the organizers to drop it because that kind of thing would never happen here. Well the organizers didn’t even bother with the negativity and are going ahead with the Slutwalk. We at the Sexuality Blog think it is especially important that this is happening here and now, especially in the light of all the rape accusations by men of influence on young, vulnerable men and women that has been exposed in the last year. We need to publicize their atrocities and show everyone that it matters that we have a voice.

The Slut Walk will be held on December 17, from 9am with the meeting point at the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge roundabout.  The dress code is all black, with a gele on your head to show solidarity.

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