The Consent Workshop Reforming Sexual Laws In Nigeria

Reforming Sexual Laws In Nigeria

We can begin the conversation on the current state of the framework of sexual laws in Nigeria and its possible improvement, by an examination of the existing legal protection, if any, provided by the Nigerian law. It is certainly not out of place to assert that Nigerian laws on sexual harassment seem to be inadequate and for victims of sexual harassment to be properly protected in Nigeria effective protection must be provided by our laws. In this article, we will focus on the provisions in Nigerian law regarding rape, specifically marital rape and the age of consent.  The criminal code defines rape as any sexual intercourse with anyone without his or… Read More

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The Consent Workshop TCW Art Exhibition 2019

TCW Art Exhibition 2019

It was a success! On Saturday, May 25th, 10 months after our pilot workshop, The Consent Workshop had its first art exhibition. A gathering of talented diaspora artists who explored the themes of rape culture, policing bodies and black identity in their work. Artists included Ugonna, Bahatii, Nelson, Morenike, Tamar and Deji. Facilitated by Mary Asekome of the Canadian Federation of Students and Funmi Taiwo of ThriveM, our art exhibition had an engaged audience of over 150 gathered and eager to learn about consent. The workshop included a host of activities and discussions that dissected rape culture, attitudes and body shaming. It was a perfect space for necessary learning.  Included… Read More

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The Consent Workshop #EndWarOnNigerianWomen

#EndWarOnNigerianWomen

The Consent Workshop in partnership with sister organizations, is launching a campaign to protest the harassment of women looking to make informed decisions about their reproductive health, and organizations that offer these services.#EndWarOnNigerianWomen On Tuesday, May 21st, Police officers raided a Marie Stopes Clinic in Lagos, harassed the health workers and patients and took away confidential client information. Marie Stopes offers free and affordable family planning services to women and men, pregnancy tests, pre and post-natal care, treatment and services for sexually transmitted infections (STI), HIV testing and ultrasound and laboratory services. They have trained staff who offer counselling and treatment especially to those who cannot afford the costs at… Read More

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The Consent Workshop The Bystander Approach

The Bystander Approach

Society does not do a great job at condemning sexual assault publicly. This is especially in moments where we are not directly affected. We know it should not be happening, but we are slower to respond when it does not happen to us, a friend or a family member. We should not be waiting to be directly affected by tools of the patriarchy, to understand that the urgent need for it to be dismantled. Jackson Katz describes a Bystander as anyone who is not involved in the dyad of abuse but is embedded in peer culture relationships with people who might be in that situation. The general idea with this approach… Read More

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The Consent Workshop Becoming Better Allies

Becoming Better Allies

The journey towards ending sexual violence requires going against norms that have been ingrained in us unconsciously and, in some cases, consciously. It is important to remember that we cannot apply technical or routine solutions to a problem that has proven to be outside our current strategy.  The eradication of sexual harassment and assault is an adaptive challenge that needs to be tackled with an adaptive solution. Sexual harassment has been woven into our social and cultural fabric by its normalization and even its legalization, resulting in generations of individuals who have had no knowledge of consent as a right or a responsibility. Simply put, we need to move beyond… Read More

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