IWD: CHATROOM puts gender-based violence on front burner
As part of activities marking the International Women’s Day, the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Harriet Thompson hosted guests to an exclusive screening of the movie, CHATROOM, produced by Peju Ibekwe.
The movie was produced to help women who are affected by domestic violence to break their silence and start the process of healing.
Speaking at the event, the film producer, Ibekwe, said she was motivated to produce it because of the remarkable increase in the number of violence recorded against women in the last three years.
According to her, the project that started in 2016 was supported by the Bank of Industry and Sterling Bank.
While noting that there are many families suffering in silence as a result of domestic violence, Ibekwe said until they speak out about it, they will not come out of it.
“So they need to get into the Chatroom to unburden the loads in their hearts. We are doing this so that our children can have proper fathers and mothers in the future,” she said.
While seeking partnerships from public spirited corporate organisations to partner on the screening of the film to women groups across the country, she said efforts would also be made to train counsellors, screen in schools and set up trained counselling teams across all tertiary institutions in the country.