Nigeria’s US Embassy OrangeChamp and Female Activist, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi has called on the Government of the United States to have a rethink on the Global Gag Rule (GGR) of President Donald Trump which has continued to deprive women restricted access to their body integrity
Akiyode-Afolabi who shared her thought on the OrangeChamp recognition by the US Embassy in Nigeria said, “The Nigeria’s US Embassy recognition of some Nigerian women activists in the period of the 16-days Activism is indeed a welcome development.
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“The recognition is an acknowledgement of the work Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) and services is doing.
We women activists do some of the things we do selflessly, without knowing some other people are watching and appreciative of our work and the passion we invest in the work. The results contribute to transforming the society.
Akiyode-Afolabi who is also a Board of Trustees (BOT) member of the Network of Reproductive health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN) told members, “The fact that the recognition is coming during the 16 days of Activism is also instructive of the US government commitments to ending violence in Nigeria”.
Speaking specifically to the 2017 re-introduced Global Gag Rule of President Trump, Akiyode-Afolabi noted, ” the Global Gag Rule has continued to affect the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of us as women.
“I appeal to the US government, President Donald Trump to take another look at the Global Gag Rule (GGR), which for some time now has reduced support for women reproductive health” said Akiyode-Afolabi.
Noting, “We want the US government to relax the members asGlobal Gag rule and allow every woman especially those in the developing countries have right of access to make informed reproductive health choices for the integrity of their bodies.
According to the Law Teacher and Rights Activist, “The US government needs to do more in supporting women in the third world countries to have more access to contraceptives by reinstating those funds withdrawn from some providers on account of Global Gag Rule.
“Women the world over deserve rights to their body integrity. Such freedom is desired as we aim for a world free of violence against women” Akiyode-Afolabi pointed out.
Expressing her enthusiasm about the OrangeChamp Recognition, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi said, “I woke up to see my name everywhere and I was pleasantly shocked and surprised too.
“This is not the first time I am receiving an award or recognition but for me this is a particular recognition that has come in an unusual way and from a very credible source as US government” elated Abiola said.
She described the recognition thus: “It is actually a profiling of different women who are really committed to ensuring women in Nigeria who suffer violence in one form or the other have their voices heard and justice done.
“These women are those who have at one point or the other taken actions on behalf of other women to get justice for their plight some of such women today are survivors. Honestly there are many more” she noted.
Akiyode-Abiola who is also the chair of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) however threw out a challenge saying, “there is still much work to be done”.
She expressed delight saying, “I am particularly inspired by the number of young people that are recognized by the US embassy and this is inspiring to those of us who have been in the work for over 20 years that the baton will soon go to much younger women.
“The recognition is therefore dedicated to everyone working to end violence against women and girls. It is a recognition for all of us”.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
The Orange colour is used as the symbol to end all forms of violence against women such as rape, sexual harassment including female genital mutilation.