Vera Uwaila Omozuwa – Uwa – was a 100 level student of Microbiology at the University of Benin. A few days ago, while reading inside a church in Edo state, she was raped and killed.
According to reports, her attackers raped her and then smashed her head with a fire extinguisher and left her unconscious around the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City. Although she was rushed to the intensive care unit of a hospital, Uwa did not survive.
Stop for a moment, and think about the circumstances of this young woman’s rape and murder.
Now ask yourself this, “are women safe anywhere?”
This young girl was in a church reading. What do women have to do to be safe? Where can a woman go to be and feel safe? At this point, the answers to these questions are unknown. And that is quite scary.
This isn’t the first instance of rape in Nigeria where nothing is being done. According to ICIR Nigeria, there have only been 65 rape convictions in Nigeria’s history. How is that even possible? We see and hear about rape cases frequently. How many more of these atrocious crimes must happen before something is done?
The people that did this to Uwa must not get away with this. We have to take a stand for Uwa and we have to fight for the safety of women in Nigeria and around the world. We will continue to speak against rape and demand that sexual offenders and rapists are punished to the maximum extent of the law. Women should be able to live freely without fear.
If you’re looking for ways to help, you can donate to ‘Stand To End Rape’, an organization which creates awareness and fights against sexual violence against women and girls. If you can’t donate, you can use your voice to educate the people around you about rape and the need for consent. Don’t stay silent.
By: Dammy Eneli