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I’m Edith, a creative writer, social science researcher, and a civic change advocate. I love comedy and treasure adventure. I invite you to join efforts in the blog to create awareness, uphold rights, engender equity, heal and empower victims of gender based violence.

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A digital safe space for gender based violence awareness, empowerment and healing.

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About Safe Speaks..

Gender based violence, which globally affects 1 out of 3 girls or women, continues to cause havoc in relationships, families, and community.

It affects large segments of society and is often whispered in hushed tones because, to a large extent, it affects persons known to one another.

Therefore, this blog sets to demystify these unsavory practices and avail a proactive and collaborative forum for gender based violence (gbv) awareness, information sharing on support services, empowerment, in addition to espousing restorative health and healing services to attain full potential for the victims.

If women and girls don’t fully enjoy their human rights and are free from any violence, progress toward development will fall short.

We encourage responsible behavior, accountability, respect for human rights, the right of expression and concern for the escalating scourge that threatens to engulf humanity.

This blog, choreographed as a research powerhouse, is intent on building an information repository, a communication handle, a reliable and impeccable source of knowledge on not only gbv but also other related issues whose impact on society goes beyond the written word.

GBV may not end overnight. But if we keep challenging unacceptable attitudes, practices, and abusive behavior, we might completely rid society of this vice.

Let us join hands!

Thank you.


Latest Posts

Domestic Violence In The South Asian Community Is Rising During The Pandemic – Here’s How You Can Help

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

Ending a mentally and physically abusive relationship was the hardest thing I have ever done. Nearly 13 years later, the details of my relationship are still hard to share. I know I am lucky to have escaped. I’m thankful to be alive and that my life is free from abuse, control and the exhaustion that comes from living in fear.

Why I Have A Problem With The Term ‘Domestic Abuse Survivor’

I have a problem with the term ‘domestic abuse survivor’.

Bear with me on this. I’m saying this from the point of view of a survivor of domestic abuse. Most of my adult relationships have been abusive. I’ve been through physical, sexual, psychological and economical abuse so I tick the boxes.

I support all of the campaigns that help victims of domestic abuse regardless of gender, creed, colour or sexual orientation.

COVID-19: Supporting SGBV Survivors During A Pandemic

The year 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year, more so for victims and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Nigeria who have had to deal with the impact of two pandemics; COVID-19 and SGBV.

In May, Uwa was brutally raped in a church in Benin, the gruesome attack led to her death. Barakat Bello was raped and killed in her home in June; and Grace Oshiagwu was raped and killed in Ibadan.

Freedom

17 years ago I got married for the second time. We were blessed with a warm, crisp and sunny Autumn day and were surrounded by family and friends in the small country house hotel we had exclusive use of for the event.

Little did I know then what experiences that marriage would bring me. I’d been married before to a physically and sexually abusive man who had beat me up for the first time on our wedding night. I was adamant that my second marriage would be for life.

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