In promoting the 16 days of Action to end violence against women, YouthRISE Nigeria partnered with the Women in Harm Reduction Network (WHRIN) through the ‘Orange Hands Campaign’.
This campaign narrowed into the various forms of violence that affect vulnerable women particularly women who use drugs. The campaign uncovered stories of adolescent and young women who use drugs, who have continuously experienced Gender Based Violence from intimate partners, law enforcement agents and community members. This further gave a chance to identify the gap in current drug control response, which encourages violence against women.
The highlight of the Orange campaign was the Open House Exhibition which provided leverage for general public to participate in this campaign, in understanding the realities and harsh conditions women who use drugs are exposed to by repressive drug policies with attendant stigma and discrimination. Through Photo Voice, pictorial representation of violence experienced by women who use drugs were displayed for the public.