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My Life As An Object Traded Over Two Continents, In 995 Words #HearMeToo

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I was thirteen years old when Uncle Frank told us we had the chance to begin a new life in Europe. I remember his almost hysterical plea to my parents to let my sister and I cross the seas with him. He had been there five years already, and he said it was flowing with unbelievable opportunities. “Unbelievable opportunities” was the exact phrase he said. I have it etched on my mind's walls, perhaps forever.

"The girls can go to school there,” he explained. “Then they could get into university, and find good jobs! This is the very best thing you could ever do to them.”

My parents weren’t educated. They knew nothing of visa applications and emigration processes. My sister and I were too young and na├»ve to question Uncle Frank either. He had been kind and loving to us- he helped with our school fees and bought us Christmas clothes. There was no reason to not be happy that he, the most compassionate of our mother’s brothers, was setting things in place for a wonderful future for …

UN Women Interactive InfoGraphics: Know The Facts about GBV and Violence Against Women and Girls. #HearMeToo #ItIsEnough

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All the real stories Ozugo tells about Gender Based Violence and why individuals, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), the public and private sector, international bodies, media, health organisations, and the government need to all work hand in hand to eliminate this pandemic from our communities, cannot be fully understood until we are deliberate about understanding what these forms of violence are and what the various people groups need to do in order to contribute to the fight against Gender Based Violence.

In this Infographic Eduserie, UN women.org gives an interactive awareness prompt to help us understand what Gender Based Violence in the form of Violence against women is really all about.

Find UNWomen Interactive Infographic Here.

Understanding the damage Gender based Violence does to individuals psychologically, physically, emotionally, socially, exposes us to the real dangers that will inevitably be prevalent in our communities and in the world at large if we do not cont…

The Devil Wears Tattoo's: Of A Painful Past, PTSD and Healing In 412 words. #HereMeToo

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How I Got Plucked Out of A Life Shattering Hole, in 877 Words #HearMeToo

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"You pledged to remain in this marriage for better or for worse. You need to stay strong, so this sacred vow you made before God will stand."

This was madam Tinuke, a respected church elder, trying to rile me up for the battle ahead. A battle to save my marriage from collapse, a fight to keep myself respectfully subservient to my husband, a struggle to retain a home my children could call a shelter.

As though I still had any of these things in tact.

Segun was a man with dashing looks, a captivating smile, and the carriage of first class royalty. His speech was smooth, his manners refined, and his intellect razor sharp. When I fell for him a decade ago, I thought I was going to have my fill of these sweetnesses. I still recall my excitement at the thought of spending the rest of my life with this near perfect soul. My goodness, did he even have a dot of blemish on his physique or character?

His sturdy hands gave me a terrible answer. In just a couple of months after our wedd…