Women at Risk International Foundation, also known as “WARIF” is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 2016 by Dr. Kemi DaSilva-Ibru MD; MPH.
The Foundation was established to raise awareness and advocate against this increasing prevalence of sexual violence amongst women and young girls of all ages. It was also established in response to the high incidence of sexual assault, rape and human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria.
The foundation aims to raise awareness on the consequences of these incidents. These incidents have both immediate health and psycho-social risks to the victims as well as in the long-term societal problems that subsequently occur such as poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr. Kemi DaSilva-Ibru said:
“It is our primary social responsibility to ensure that all young girls and women live in a society free of rape and sexual violence. The opening of WARIF Centre by Women at Risk International Foundation -WARIF is the first of many initiatives, that will be set up by the foundation and the first step on it’s journey towards achieving this goal.”
The foundation is to cater for the urgent needs for these survivors and has established a Sexual Assault Referral Centre: The WARIF Centre.
The Centre will work hand in hand with the Lagos State Government as well as other local & International NGO’S and related agencies that provide shelters/half way homes; legal aid and vocational skills centers. This in order to create an efficient system of referral to help the victims.
Indira Henard from the Washington DC Rape Crisis Center said:
“I am pleased to be collaborating on this global initiative. It is important that the International Community come together to not only address gender based-violence, but also create resources and tools to enable self –determination and freedom for all. The opening of Women at Risk International Foundation-WARIF does just that, it is a game changer for being able to educate and access resources for sexual assault survivors in a timely manner.” –
WARIF centre will serve as a safe haven for all young girls and women who have been affected by this harrowing problem. The centre will provide medical care, social support and promote the well-being and empowerment of the victims. The center will also promote healing and advocate for social change through various programs and initiatives.
WARIF Centre in Yaba, will be open to the general public from December 1st 2016.
Social Media Handles:
Instagram : @warifng
For more information regarding the Foundation please contact:
Ms. Juliet David West