Sunday, July 3, 2022

#JusticeForBamise: 10 Security Safety Tips That Nigerian Women Should Practice

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Being a woman in Nigeria seems to have become a living hazard, leaving many women constantly contesting with anxiety, stress their safety and security. The Nigerian society or rather say the African society needs to do better when comes to the safety and security of our women. Right from adolescence, the two genders are separated making one feel left out of the life of the other essentially making one of the genders which is, of course, the female gender vulnerable for easy targets.

But with the recent rate at which they have been either subjected to either domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment or sexual predatorial attacks and to my opinion worse of paedophilia. All of this gives more than enough reasons why a woman needs to learn basic ways how to defend and protect herself against these injustices perpetrated against them by evil men.
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From Uwaila Omozuwa who was killed right inside a church in Benin while doing an all-night reading in preparations for her final exams at UniBenin to the story of Hinny Umoren who was raped and murdered after being lured by a fake job interview in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State; Adewura Lateefat Bello was found dead in a canal after boarding a bike in Lagos; Mercy Henry was found mutilated and buried in different sacks behind the building of a traditional healer in Ogun; Egbe Ogocukwu Rita was found dead with multiple stab wounds and some of her pubic hair removed in Enugu; Oluwabamise Ayanwole was found dead with missing body parts after boarding a BRT bus in Lagos.

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The pain these women had to face before death; the pain their loved ones have to live with; the questions of ‘whys’ and ‘what ifs’ the world has to ask, are the reasons why many mothers in fears of the evil against the female folks exclusive tell their daughters to stay away from boys, men and restrict their freedom so much all in the hope to keep their beloved daughters safe and shield them against the evil of the men controlled world.

Just earlier this week the world celebrated the International Women’s Day #IWD, but as i say in different spaces its tokenism and more needs to be done to support and help the women folks, and this includes better educating boys who grow up to be bad men to see their female peers as equals in the societal settings even if nature didn’t design it as such.

Safety Tips For WomenWell, I digressed, this article is actually meant to give smart safety tips the modern Nigerian women on the safety tips they need to know and practice every day for their own safety.

  1. Utilise Business Securities

2 . Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area

Even in daylight hours, you may want to park near a light pole so if you leave when it is darker, your car will be in a well-lit location.

3 . Your room number should be your business only

When checking into a hotel room, if the person at the front desk says your room number out loud, ask them to give you a new room and write the number on a piece of paper. Or when you check-in, ask upfront to not say your room number out loud.

4 . Know when to use your socials

Don’t check-in on social media apps when you arrive somewhere. Instead, check-in as you leave. This way no one will be able to digitally stalk you and know your every move or when you’re not at home. Along the same lines, avoid tweeting or Facebooking from vacation, especially if your account is public, as it is a way of letting the world know your home is unoccupied.

5 . Always update a loved one about your location

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If possible, share a live location on Whatsapp. Whenever you feel unsafe, text a loved one about your current security situation so that someone can be on the lookout. Activate your speed dials. Update loved ones when you get home.

6 . Please trust and make good use of your ‘gut feel’ or ‘intuition’

There will invariably be signs, however small or seemingly insignificant, that tell or alarm you that all is just not OK. You may not understand it or be able to analyse it consciously, but please do NOT ignore it. It is your personal threat alarm beeping.

If avoiding is not possible then be sure to travel only on crowded buses. Avoid taking roadside cabs. Avoid using a bus that has no passenger or few passengers.
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8 . Following are the most vulnerable areas to attack:

Use your knees to hit hard between the legs of the attacker.
Use your fingers to poke hard in the eyes.
Hitting the front part of the neck on, targeting the Adams apple will leave him in a shock.
Punching in the stomach will leave the attacker breathless & unable to chase you.
Hitting hard in the chest area.

9 . Research locations you are invited to

Google the locations you are invited to, especially if you have never been there. Check for popular landmarks around the area. Also, read news stories that mention that location. Be sure to study your map for routes before you get there.

10 . When you move to a new house 

Change the locks of your doors. Study your environment and be cordial with securities and other servants around. Do not bring strangers to your home. Speak up if you notice strangers loitering around your home. Check for hidden cameras in the compound. Check for emergency exits. Install alarms that can alert neighbours. Buy a pepper spray

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