International Womens Day – Esther Ijewere Kalejaiye Speaks on Violence Against Women
Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year.
In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.
Esther Ijewere Kalejaiye, CEO Rubies Ink Initiative and Coordinator of Walk Against Rape Campaign. She speaks about violence against women and also urges victims to speak out.
What makes the International Women’s Day special?
It is a day set aside to celebrate women all over the world, a day women have the opportunity to express and appreciate themselves.
Do you think women are now having their voices heard in the present world?
Yes! The world is beginning to listen to women and give them opportunity to air their views and speak up. We can see women occupying important seats of power now in politics and in several areas in the society.
Do you think violence against women on the increase in Nigeria? How do you think government has handled issues relating to violence against women particularly rape?
Well so far The government is trying its best to fight against rape particularly the Lagos State Government through I its Ministry of wome n affairs, they fight. for. the victims and make sure the perpartr ators Don’t go Unpunis hed.
The new law against rapist, do you fear Its enforcement which is always the case in Nigeria?
We are excited the bill was pres ented by Mrs Abike Dabiri and approved by the house but on enforcement and. implementation all I can say for now is we are watching the government as events unfold.
Your words of encouragement to other women who are in violent relationships?
Break the silence, speak up and get help. Don’t manage an abusive man of stay in a violent relationship because of love.