(Last Updated On: June 1, 2017)


By Tinuade Salami

Culture of silence on the part of Nigerians has been identified as one of the major factors

responsible for the rise in all forms of violence against humanity especially girls and women.

A human right activist and the president, women arise, Dr. Joe Okey Odumakin, made the remark at a walk against domestic violence and violence against women and girls which is part of a– 3 day

assembly of amazons annual sensitization and empowerment programme organized by Moremi

hall, University of Lagos.

Odumakin said that in the face of increase or the rise of violence against women and girls, the

culture of silence must be broken, stressing that “silence is not golden”.

She further explained the purpose of the walk was to sensitized and create awareness about all

forms of violence especially against women and girls.

Moremi hall of residence mistress, Prof. Virgy Onyene of the Department of Education

Management, University of Lagos, also on the occasion said that when people begin to speak and

continue to talk against violence, people get to internalize it as value, thereby leading to change in

behavior and attitude.

The awareness walk against violence started in the morning from Moremi hall to all male halls of

residence where there were interactions between participants and the male residents on violent

related issues.

The Dean of Students’ Affair, Prof. Ademole Adeleke in a goodwill message, commended the

women for the initiative and assured them of support of the unit.

The event which started on Tuesday continues with continues with skill acquisition Programme on