Itoro Eze-Anaba, founder of the Mirabel Centre, is on a mission to stop sexual violence in Nigeria. The only support centre for rape and sexual assault victims in Lagos, Nigeria, Mirabel is a major step forward for the city. Nigeria is in the middle of a rape epidemic, and Itoro Eze-Anaba is standing up to protect the victims and stop future attacks.
The Mirabel Centre offers counseling, legal advice, and necessary medical treatment for rape victims, who tend to be between the ages of 11-15, as well as next steps for the victims and their families. Itoro founded the centre when working on domestic violence issues as a lawyer. While campaigning for a bill she drafted, she discovered how little support rape survivors were getting in Nigeria. It took 10 years of searching for funds, but in 2013 the Mirabel Centre was finally opened. Since opening, the centre has provided 845 clients with psychological, emotional, medical, and legal support.
Alongside the centre, Itoro is working closely with the Nigerian government on sexual assault issues, and has even opened a sex offender registry so that employers can screen job applicants. In the future Itoro hopes to gain more funding for her work, and for more rape cases to be taken to court so that victims can get the justice they deserve through proper due process. Check out this interview with Itoro about the Mirabel Centre and how she got involved with support for sexual assault victims.