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Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
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UN in Lagos, Nigeria

The UN Information Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, in collaboration with the NGO Women Optimum Development Foundation (WODEF) organized an interactive forum on 27 November 2012 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The event, held at the hall of Southfield Children Academy, was attended by over sixty participants including students and teachers from seven secondary schools in the Bariga area of Lagos, representatives from State Police Command, non-governmental organizations, and the media.

Mrs. Bimbo Oloyede, the national coordinator of WODEF, gave the opening remarks followed by the Secretary-General’s message, which was read by Ms. Olajumoke Araba, the officer in charge of the UN Information Centre.

The audience then broke up into six groups for plenary discussions, chaired by UNIC, WODEF, and NGO members. Each group focused on a different topic, such as rape, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual harassment, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence.

Group reports indicated the students now have a better and clearer understanding of what Violence against Women and Girls is about, what they could do to prevent it and also serve as agents to spread the Secretary-General’s campaign slogan – “Say No. UNiTE to end Violence against women and girls”.

Discussions were followed by a radio drama presentation titled “Double Wahala”. The drama was a typical example of violence against women and girls in Pidgin English.

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