Positive Action for Treatment Access, (PATA) has been an AWDF grantee since 2006. PATA works to ensure that every individual with an illness or disease, especially women and girls, have access to treatment, as well as equitable and humane care. AWDF’s most recent support to PATA has included funding a monthly radio programme addressing a range of issues on gender based violence on Eko 86.76Fm in Lagos.
On Saturday 25th May, PATA’s radio show dealt with the issue of rape, which included a lively phone in when the public called to share their thoughts, comments and questions around rape and sexual violence. The resource persons for this edition included Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, AWDF’s Communications Specialist, and Bose Ironsi, the Executive Director of Women’s Rights and Health Project in Nigeria. In conversation with Olabisi Omidire, the show’s hostess, the resource persons explained the definition of rape and clarified that rape is always about power and control. A myth which the resource people continuously rebuffed was the notion that the way a woman dresses could in some way lead to her being sexually assaulted.
As part of the radio programme, a short drama produced for PATA by Omololo Olubode was also aired. Click below to listen to the audio.