Upcoming events

Hi All, the 2015 Social Media week, Lagos kicked off on Sunday the 22nd of February and will run till the 27th of February. There are so many sessions designed to teach you the best from the Social media perspective.  From blogging to politics to education, music, arts, business, religion and human rights!

We are so excited about this and we already got registered for so many of the sessions. A total of 256 seasoned speakers are available to share their expertise with us. It is an opportunity worth taking advantage of. 

We can’t wait to attend the  #StopVAG: CONNECTING VOICES AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
Hosted by HACEY Health Initiative
DATE: Thu, Feb 26, 2015
TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
VENUE: The Barack Obama American Corner,
Ovie Brume Foundation
29, Gafar Animashaun Street
Off Molade Okoya street, Ajose Adeogun
Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel: 0813-196-7570

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Speaking at this event are:
Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin– Executive Director, WOmen Arise for Change Initiative

Barr Titi Akosa– Executive Director, Center for 21st Century Issues

Ms Rashmi Singh – Executive Director, Gender and Diversity CARE India

Ms Bukky Shonibare– Chief Executive Officer, 555 Consulting Limited

The event provides an opportunity for participants to learn about the different tools that are used for online campaigns, advocacy and education on issues of gender based violence. It will also explore the success and challenges of using social media as a tool for gender based violence prevention. This event is suitable for individuals, groups, nongovernmental organizations, funders and government bodies working on gender or girl issues.

This event will be streamed live on the following platforms:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/handsupforher
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/handsup4her (@handsup4her)
Online Radio: http://handsupforher.listen2myradio.com
Live on Google plus: http://bit.ly/stopvag
Live on YouTube: http://bit.ly/stopvagyoutube

You need to be registered to attend.  Visit http://www.socialmediaweek.org to do so.

Learn and have fun.

Photo credit: http://www.socialmediaweek.org
Source: http://www.socialmediaweek.org

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A Group of young boys machete their teacher over a “skimpy outfit” matter

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As I wrote that post about the Kenyan mob harrasing women in mini-skirts, I prayed silently in my heart that such ugly incidents do not occur in Nigeria. Well, as I would have it, no male mob has harrased any lady in mini-skirt but a group of boys have attacked their female teacher for scolding a female student for wearing a “skimpy outfit” not suitable for the school environment. The said teacher who was nursing her 5-month old baby in the staff room was attacked by a group of boys allegedly in some cult  group after a male student (and member of the said cult) was punished for confronting the same teacher for scolding the female “skimpy” outfit culprit. This incident occured in Obosima Secondary Technical School, Imo State.

It would not be an exaggeration if I said this is a matter of National importance. these are my reasons:

UNIFORMS

What happened to school to uniforms? Isnt it the heights of lawlessness that a student would wear any thing other than any uniform made available (maybe sports wear, cullinary practice uniforms e.t.c) to school? Such a girl for instance, will be at risk of sexual confrontation either from other male students or staff. This is the story of one school and a reflection of many more schools in our nation.

CULTISM

The rampant cultism in our schools is and I dare say a bedrock for the bigger picture of the terrorism we experience today in our nation. The violence it births is unecessary and very avoidable. I have witnessed first hand the havoc a lot of such groups have wrecked. The efforts in combatting this menace is too minimal.

I know most of our leaders are busy pursuing political ambitions but it would be great to see that this particular case is made a big deal and followed through till justice be served. Parents, teachers, religious leaders, the media, and infact everyone has got a role to play in informing and impacting in our youths the message and values of lawful behaviour and anti-violent expression of themselves.

These are the future of Nigeria and we are not taking  chances.

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Story: http://www.bellanaija.com, Vanguard newspaper.

Picture: colbycriminaljustice.wikidot.com

Did you know that some Nigerian lawmakers are also gymnasts?

senator jumping fence

It’s a plane, it’s a bird, its some Nigerian law makers who were prevented from entering the National Assembly complex this morning.  Various gymnastic skills were displayed as thye senators hurdled the gates to in entrance into the premises  The Inspector general of police claims the obstruction was based on some intelligence findings that some hoodlums were going to attack the premises (*clears throat*). Some of the Senators were fired with tear gas.

My question is: Does the Nigerian Police lack the gift of discernment to distinguish between the honourable Lawmakers and the said hoodlums? A lot of rights have been violated here and we demand that this issue be sorted out by the judiciary.

Picture source: Premium Times

BREAKING NEWS : Another Woman Stripped NAKED on the steets of Kenya

A mob of Kenyan men attacked and stripped a woman claiming she was inappropriately dressed just hours after nearly 1,000 people marched through downtown Nairobi to protest the rising wave of such assaults.

Police responded by arresting nearly 100 people, a police official said Tuesday.

Nairobi police criminal investigations chief Nicholas Kamwende said Tuesday that about 80 of the men arrested were conductors on mini-buses, known as matatus, where a lot of the recent sexual harassment has taken place. The woman attacked Monday evening was taken to a hospital with injuries.

Kamwende called the attacks a “menace” and said police would increase their vigilance to stem the tide of mob harassment.

The mobs of men have attacked women wearing mini-skirts and any outfit they consider too revealing including tight-fitting or sleeveless clothes.The hashtag #MyDressMyChoice is trending in Kenya’s social media as this East African country sees a clash between new, Western lifestyles and traditional African ways. The marchers on Monday demanded the right for women to dress how they want without being harassed or attacked. (Source: TimesDispatch.com)

Meanwhile, News reaching me today is that the first victim of this rash behaviour of the male mob is allegedly reported dead. If this is true, then we demand that JUSTICE BE SERVED!!! This is now a case of cold-blooded broad daylight MURDER!