KIND officials visit schools involved in alleged rape case

Two program officers from KIND visited the two schools whose students were involved in the alleged Ikoyi gang rape;  Ireti Senior School and Falomo Senior Secondary school, on May 11, 2017.
The  principal of  Falomo senior school (the school whose girls were sexually molested) was not available for questioning, while that of Ireti school whose male students were accused of harassment and rape refused to talk about the issue. He denied its occurrence, saying it was neither his school nor his students.
According to him, his students are good, well behaved, and always come back with medals from competitions.
On sensing our hesitation to leave without answers, he directed us to the office of the Tutor General of their district (district 1), but not without first telling us that he does not have first hand information as the matter of concern didn’t happen within the school’s premises.
On getting to the Tutor General’s office, the secretary directed us to the office of the Deputy Governor of Lagos state, stating that’s where the case is being handled.
Although before meeting with the principal, we had overheard some teachers discussing updates on the  case. We found out that the case is already in court, and 5 male students who were accused of being the ring leaders have been arraigned in court  where they pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
They were subsequently granted bail, and the case was adjourned to 14th June, 2017.
Leaving the school’s premises, we spoke with some residents of the area and we were told that was not the first time such is happening around the school community. “Boys from both schools always harass the girls of  the schools after school hours.”
We will be in court on June 14, 2017 to follow up on the case.

KIND week in pictures

KIND has been active in several conferences and events surrounding advocacy, including Purple Naija training, Women conferences both locally and internationally.

Below are some pictures:

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KIND at the Women Empowerment Conference 2017

The event tagged: Empowering women as a catalyst for change was held in Ikeja Lagos and had two keynote speakers. The event was held in partnership with the Bunmi Adebayo Foundation.

 

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Below are more pictures from the event:

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KIND Youth beneficiaries march with WARDC and Purple Nigeria on IWD 2017

Beneficiaries of KIND leadership programmes in universities and polytechnics around Lagos joined Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and Purple Nigeria on a road walk for the International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017.

They marched from Ikeja Under Bridge to Lagos State Government House to discuss issues of concern affecting women in the state in commemoration of International Women’s Day but were disappointed when Governor Akinwumi Ambode did not meet with them.

March 8 of every year was set aside by the United Nations (UN) as international women’s day, to celebrate achievements of women all over the world. It is also a day to draw global attention to issue of rights of women.
At Alausa, the seat of power in Lagos, the women were stopped at the gate leading to the governor’s office by security operatives and, after waiting for an hour, marched to the House of Assembly to see Speaker Mudashiru Obasa.
Below are some pictures:
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KIND meets with UN women and Japanese Embassy

In furtherance of plans to to empower women farmers in Ogun state in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria. KIND received an assessment visit in the Lagos office from the embassy.

The aim of the initiative is to assist the farmers at the grassroots level with processing cassava into the finished product – Garri in this case.

Below are some pictures from the visit:

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The KIND office in Lagos also received a visit from representatives of the UN women in Nigeria.

KIND partners with the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria to achieve SDGs

The Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria is set to empower women farmers in Ogun state.

The aim of the initiative is to assist the farmers at the grassroots level with processing cassava into the finished product – Garri in this case.

This will improve production and in turn the overall standard of living of the farmers and their community in line with the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

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This initiative is in line with SDG goals.

  • No Poverty
  • No Hunger
  • Gender Equality
  • Good jobs and economic growth
  • Partnership for the goals

Below is a picture of KIND and Japan Embassy Staff visiting the Ayetoro farmers and carrying out studies for the Garri processing machine initiative:

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