Mirabel Centre in Lagos may shut down

Nigeria’s only rape crisis centre is in dire need of support.

Source: Aljazeera

Mirabel Centre was opened a few years ago with funding from UK DFID, but this funding is expected to end by the end of 2015. Unfortunately, sexual assault and domestic violence centres find it difficult to sustain funding in the long term. Unlike certain issues like microfinance or agriculture, private donors in Nigeria shy away from what they see as “controversy” surrounding gender-based violence. This is a shame. If there is no controversy that GBV is wrong, there should be no controversy around supporting the handful of community groups solely dedicated to addressing it.

Support the Gofundme campaign to keep Mirabel open. Blog, tweet, and like the centre on Facebook. Reach out the founder to see how you can help.

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