Commonwealth Point of Light 4. Itoro Eze-Anaba
Itoro Eze-Anaba, representing Nigeria, founded Nigeria's first sexual assault referral centre in 2013 and since then has helped over 3,100 victims of rape.
The ‘Mirabel Centre’ has established itself as a key service provider for victims of sexual assault in Lagos State, with an increasing number of clients accessing the centre, indicating a growing awareness amongst members of the public of the existence of the centre and the crucial services it provides.
The award for Itoro Eze-Anabe will be presented on 6 February at the British High Commissioner’s Residence by Paul Arkwright, UK High Commissioner in Nigeria.
Itoro Eze-Anaba said:
“I am delighted that a Point of Light has been awarded to highlight the importance of tackling rape and sexual assault. Rape is evil, degrading and dehumanizing.
On behalf of the dedicated, tireless and resolute team that is determined to give voice to the voiceless, strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless, I am sure that this award marks the beginning of a joint effort to uproot this evil that relentlessly battles for our future. This award is a reiteration of our message of ‘No to Rape’.”
Paul Arkwright, UK High Commissioner in Nigeria said:
“Itoru has shown impressive dedication to supporting victims of sexual assault and rape. She has provided a safe haven for over 2800 survivors of this heinous crime and has encouraged thousands of others to break the silence on rape and seek prosecution of perpetrators, reducing their impunity. The ‘Mirabel Centre’ is a project of ‘Partnership for Justice’ where rape and sexual assault victims can access free forensic medical and counselling services.”
Delighted that a #PointofLight has been awarded by Her Majesty the Queen to #Nigeria volunteer Itoro Eze-Anaba working tirelessly to support victims of rape and sexual assault @foreignoffice @Commonwealth18 @DFID_UK @UKinMalawi @ToolzO @MirabelCentreNG @PaulTArkwright pic.twitter.com/ENB6rTWuby
— UK in Nigeria🇬🇧 (@UKinNigeria) February 6, 2018