Thrilling Movie, Deafening Silence, tackles SGBV

A thrilling movie, Deafening Silence, to sensitize Nigerians on the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence and to encourage them to speak up has been launched by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in Lagos.

The movie was screened to a select audience at Ebony Life, Victoria Island, Lagos preparatory to it hitting Netflix and TV screens.

Parading an A-list cast, Deafening Silence tells the story of many Nigerian women and girls who suffer abuse at home and in marriage and prefer silence over speaking up.

It further encourages abuse sufferers to break their silence and for the society to see the issues in their proper perspective.

The movie seeks to address concerns about gender equality, elimination of sexual and gender-based violence to put Nigeria back on the track to meet the Sustainable Development Goal number five.

The movie is also intended to provide comprehensive communication, media and visibility intervention to challenge biased gender norms and inspire transformative conversations.

The Gender Lead, UNDP Nigeria and Project Manager, Deafening Silence, Onyinye Belinda Ndubuisi said the movie aimed to empower women and girls, engage men as allies in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence, and advocate necessary policy changes.

The Acting Head of Cooperation of the European Union in Nigeria, Ruben Alba Aguilera, said it was important to speak up to challenge stereotypes and behavioral changes.

The movie, Deafening Silence, is the brainchild of the Joint EU-UN funded Spotlight Initiative under the UNDP’s transformative gender norm result-chain intervention in Nigeria in partnership with the Foundation for Resilient Empowerment and Development.

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