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
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