With an alarming increase in the rate of rape, sexual and domestic violence cases due to
the Covid-19 pandemic, the Women at Risk International Organization (WARIF); a non-
profit that supports survivors of rape and sexual violence has been on the frontlines
providing care to these survivors.

Following the lockdown issued by the Federal and State Governments; a spike in the
cases of rape and sexual violence were occurring as organizations, individuals and
families became mandated to implement social distancing and self-isolation, leaving
many survivors quarantined with their abusers for extended periods of time.

WARIF, in response to this issue , found to be even more prevalent in the rural areas in
Nigeria , launched the Covid-19 Response in Rural Communities. The initiative aims to
address these issues of gender based violence in the more rural areas and enlighten
citizens on the dangers of sexual violence, enquire about the well-being of girls and
women in the communities possibly trapped at home with their abusers, with door to
door visits, as well as provide information on the free and available services offered by
WARIF with immediate medical care, forensic examinations, psycho-social counselling,
legal aid and access to shelters, at the WARIF Rape Crisis Centre.

In support of this impactful initiative, MAC Cosmetics, with its Viva Glam campaign has
partnered with WARIF through a grant to implement the initiative . The long standing
campaign has dedicated $10 million USD towards 250 organizations all over the world
that are on the front lines helping people at higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on the partnership, John Demsey, Chairman of the MAC Viva Glam
Fund and Executive Group President, the Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
stated that “VIVA GLAM has never been about one cause, but about support to
vulnerable communities. It was created many years ago simply as a hardship fund for
people who needed safety nets. To leverage this 100% giving model to help people
affected by COVID-19 is a continuation of the principles VIVA GLAM was founded on.”

Founder of WARIF, Dr Kemi DaSilva-Ibru reassures the public that WARIF is
positioning itself to provide the necessary assistance to survivors especially in rural
areas as the novel COVID-19 virus continues to spread across communities in the
country. She states “We anticipated an increase in the cases of violence against women
and children by abusers during this shadow pandemic and so we felt it was necessary
to create awareness to these issues as well provide the necessary assistance in tackling
the problem, especially in the rural areas in Nigeria, where services are not readily available. We are thankful to the MAC Viva Glam Campaign for their support and will
continue to do all that we can to ensure that women and girls can live in a society free
from rape and sexual violence” .

Please call our 24 hour Confidential Hotline on +234 809 2100009; if help is needed.

 

About VIVA GLAM
M·A·C Cosmetics’ charitable campaign, VIVA GLAM, has raised over $500 million USD
since its inception in 1994, exclusively through the sale of M·A·C VIVA GLAM lip
products. Combining glamour with a rigorous funding approach, M·A·C Cosmetics has
worked with provocative powerhouse talent, including Winnie Harlow, Sia, Miley Cyrus,
Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Ricky Martin to drive sales of VIVA GLAM lip products,
with 100% of sales supporting healthy futures and equal rights for women, girls, and the
LGBTQ+ communities while maintaining its decades-long support for those living with
HIV/AIDS. To date, the sale of VIVA GLAM products has funded more than 1,800
organizations around the globe.

 

ABOUT WARIF
Women at Risk International Foundation, (WARIF) is a non-profit organization,
established to raise awareness and address the prevalence of rape, sexual violence and
trafficking of young girls and women in communities across Nigeria. This the
foundation achieves through the development and implementation of a series of
initiatives which are impactful, measurable and sustainable, targeting both the
intervention/treatment of these affected women, as well as providing preventive
measures to reduce the high incidence. The foundation seeks to re-dress the adverse
effects seen because of Gender Based Violence.

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