Press Release: ORANGElympics
In commemoration of the 2021 edition of 16 Days Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which ended today, FAME Foundation in conjunction with the Youth and Sports Development Ministry, organized ORANGElympics, a line-up of sporting activities that used sports as a tool to campaign against the menace of Gender-Based Violence.
This event provided a platform for women to advocate against GBV and engage men in the fight against Gender-Based Violence.
Men and women, boys and girls, were educated on GBV, its adverse effects, and ways to end GBV in our society. Aside from sporting activities, the event involved interactive sessions, social media conversations, school and community outreaches.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of violence, particularly on women and young girls.
The campaign started on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and was concluded on December 10, Human Rights Day.
This year’s theme emphasizes the end to end of every form of Gender-Based Violence.
Speaking on this year’s theme, Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, says, it is time for everyone to rise and ensure an end to GBV, “I am calling every Nigerian, both young and old to strive towards a gender-based violence-free society. GBV is a global problem affecting millions of women and girls every year, it threatens lives, undermines families and communities, and impedes the progress of nations.
Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello, the Executive Director of FAME Foundation, stated that the PLAY it DREAM it Initiative which is currently ongoing, is using sport as a tool to tackle gender issues such as child marriages and lack of education amongst others in the society and also to mentor Internally Displaced Girls.
“The fight against GBV cannot be won without the enlistment of men and boys as allies. ORANGElympics is an initiative using sports to advocate against GBV and also educate and involve both men and women in the fight towards ending the global menace of GBV”,
“FAME Foundation condemns every form of gender-based violence and calls on both men and women, government, organizations, and CSOs to stand together as a united force and commit towards ending gender-based violence Now”
She also reiterated that sports have helped actualize the 16 Days of Activism aimed at ending Gender-Based Violence in Sports and other aspects of life.
ORANGElympics engaged top Nigerian Athletes like Jude Ighalo, Desire Oparanozie, Olumide Oyedeji, and others in the campaign against GBV, which has tripled in number since Covid19 lockdown.
Also, physical activities like advocacy campaigns to rural communities, schools enlightening people on the dangers of GBV and why it had to end now!