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UNDP’s “Deafening Silence” Premieres in Abuja: A Bold Step Against Gender-Based Violence

Abuja, Nigeria — On May 24th, 2024, the Cedar Seed Foundation’s Executive Director, Lois Auta, attended a poignant event at the Brazilian Embassy in Abuja. The occasion was the private screening of the UNDP-produced feature film “Deafening Silence.” Sponsored by the European Union, the United Nations, and UNDP, in partnership with FRED, this powerful film aims to shed light on the intricacies of gender-based violence (GBV) and inspire survivors to foster positive change within their communities.

The event, which brought together dignitaries, activists, and key stakeholders, underscored the urgent need to address GBV and advocate for women’s rights in Nigeria and beyond. The film “Deafening Silence” is not just a cinematic achievement; it is a clarion call for systemic change and societal introspection.

A Film with a Purpose

“Deafening Silence” explores the harsh realities and emotional toll of gender-based violence, focusing on the survivors’ journeys and the empowerment they seek. The film’s vision is to create an inclusive and equitable society by promoting policy changes and supporting initiatives that drive systemic change against GBV. It highlights the multifaceted nature of GBV, encompassing physical, emotional, and psychological abuse, and the unique challenges faced by survivors in patriarchal societies.

Through its narrative, “Deafening Silence” delves into the religious, cultural, and societal beliefs that perpetuate gender inequality and violence. It seeks to foster a deeper understanding among viewers on how to dismantle these harmful norms and end both gender and disability-based discrimination.

Empowering Voices and Driving Change

Lois Auta, a renowned advocate for disability rights and gender equality, expressed her admiration for the film’s impactful storytelling and its potential to drive change. “This film is a vital tool in our fight against gender-based violence,” she said. “It not only highlights the plight of survivors but also empowers them to become agents of change. By amplifying their voices, we can inspire communities to challenge and change the status quo.”

The film screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring key figures from various sectors, including representatives from the European Union, UNDP, and local NGOs. The discussion centered around the importance of comprehensive policies and community-based initiatives in addressing GBV. Panelists emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to create safe spaces for survivors and ensure that justice is served.

A Collaborative Effort

The support from the European Union, the UN, and UNDP in producing and promoting “Deafening Silence” reflects a strong commitment to tackling GBV at both the local and international levels. The partnership with FRED, a leading organization in advocacy and education, further underscores the importance of multi-faceted approaches in combating gender-based violence.

UNDP’s representative at the event remarked, “We believe that films like ‘Deafening Silence’ are crucial in raising awareness and sparking conversations about GBV. It is through these conversations that we can begin to break down the barriers and stigmas that survivors face.”

The Path Forward

As the credits rolled and the lights came up, the audience was left with a renewed sense of urgency and commitment to the cause. The film’s raw portrayal of the survivors’ experiences serves as a stark reminder of the work that remains to be done. Attendees were encouraged to take the messages from the film back to their communities and continue advocating for change.

“Deafening Silence” is more than just a film; it is a movement. Its release comes at a critical time when the global community is increasingly recognizing the need to address GBV in all its forms. By fostering an environment of empathy, understanding, and action, the film aims to galvanize individuals and organizations to join the fight against gender-based violence.

A Call to Action

In conclusion, the screening of “Deafening Silence” at the Brazilian Embassy in Abuja marks a significant milestone in the ongoing battle against GBV. It highlights the power of storytelling in driving social change and the importance of collaborative efforts in creating a world where everyone can live free from fear and violence.

As Lois Auta and other advocates continue their work, the message of “Deafening Silence” resonates: change is possible, and it starts with each of us. Let this film be a reminder that in the fight for gender equality and the eradication of GBV, silence is never an option. Together, we can create a world where every voice is heard, and every life is valued.

This article captures the essence and impact of the event, emphasizing the significance of the film “Deafening Silence” and the collaborative efforts needed to combat gender-based violence.



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