Women drawn from the 10 wards of the Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, on Saturday the 20th of June 2020, took to the streets to protest the increase in the number of rape cases in the country and the state in particular.
The women, who were dressed in black attire, marched round the local government secretariat and displayed placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Stop rape’, ‘Stop sexual violence now’, and ‘Rape is a crime against humanity’, among others.
The women were mobilized by the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Martha Emmanuel, to protest against rape in all the local government councils of the state.
Speaking at the Obot Akara rally, the wife of the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Blessing Uko, described sex without consent as dirty and abominable.
While thanking the governor’s wife for mobilizing women against rape, Uko insisted that sex must be consensual and not forced between adult partners or married couples.
She described rape as a terrible form of sexual violence that was capable of causing fear, pain, humiliation, and depression, and called on perpetrators to desist from it or face dire consequences when caught.
She called on teachers, parents, and guardians to ensure that they know their children and wards’ whereabouts and that they do not go to some places unaccompanied, as children were vulnerable when they go out alone or late at night.Women drawn from the 10 wards of the Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, on Saturday the 20th of June 2020, took to the streets to protest the increase in the number of rape cases in the country and the state in particular.
The women, who were dressed in black attire, marched round the local government secretariat and displayed placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Stop rape’, ‘Stop sexual violence now’, and ‘Rape is a crime against humanity’, among others.
The women were mobilized by the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Martha Emmanuel, to protest against rape in all the local government councils of the state.
Speaking at the Obot Akara rally, the wife of the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Blessing Uko, described sex without consent as dirty and abominable.
While thanking the governor’s wife for mobilizing women against rape, Uko insisted that sex must be consensual and not forced between adult partners or married couples.
She described rape as a terrible form of sexual violence that was capable of causing fear, pain, humiliation, and depression, and called on perpetrators to desist from it or face dire consequences when caught.
She called on teachers, parents, and guardians to ensure that they know their children and wards’ whereabouts and that they do not go to some places unaccompanied, as children were vulnerable when they go out alone or late at night.

Source:CIEPD Conflict/Peace Watch Center