Dr. Kemi DaSilva Ibru, founder of The Women At Risk International Foundation (WARIF) is a specialist obstetrician and gynecologist, who has been exposed first hand to various cases of sexual and domestic violence and the consequences this has on the survivor, her family and her community as a whole. She is a strong advocate of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and she is known for her unmitigated passion for women’s rights.
Dr. DaSilva is a key note speaker at the Girls Revolution Conference on the 24th of February 2017. The event will take place at the Main Auditorium of the University of Lagos and is hosted by’We Inspire Girls’; a platform set up to inspire and empower young girls.
WARIF is a foundation established to address the high incidence of rape and sexual violence of all young girls and women in Lagos and across Nigeria. The foundation serves to address this through the implementation of various programs and initiatives to raise awareness, to educate and advocate for social change in all communities affected by this problem.
The foundation supports the immediate care of survivors of rape and other expressions of sexual abuse by opening the WARIF Centre; a rape crisis center, providing free medical care, counseling and social support to all who visit. The center seeks to promote both the physical well-being as well as the empowerment of these women by overcoming the stigmatization that is associated with rape and sexual abuse in our communities.