‘Deafening Silence’ Movie Throws Spotlight On Gender-based Violence

A movie, ‘Deafening Silence’ that showcases the dark area of the different shades of gender-based violence has hit the cinemas.

The movie produced by Emem Isong and directed by Biodun Stephens was championed and initiated by Spotlight Initiative and partnered by the United Nations Development Program

(UNDP) and European Union (EU).

‘Deafening Silence’ movie which hit cinemas on Friday, June 7, 2024, has a great cast of Toni Tones, Chidi Mokeme, Bimbo Akintola, Kate Henshaw, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Femi Jacobs and others.

The movie birthed by the Spotlight Initiative is an innovative output under the UNDP’s transformative gender morm result-chain intervention in Nigeria.

Speaking at the premiere,

Ndubisi Onyinye of the UNDP commended the cast and crew and noted that Gender-based violence was an issue that needed to be tackled in Nigeria as “Women and girls are gender champions because we are all represented by women. This project is close to my heart, unfortunately my father passed two weeks ago. As I was preparing for this premiere, I lost my dad. And one thing that strikes me is that he was the first gender champion I met in life.

“On behalf of the UNDP family and the entire UN family, it’s a profound honour to present to the public ‘Deafening Silence’ and this is not just a movie but a movement towards gender equality and the eradication of sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria and beyond” says Onyinye.


Mr Rogers of Europe Union noted that the project was successfully crafted and made real by partnerships. “The European Union and the United Nations came together to combat all forms of violence against women and girls. In the last five years, there has never been an investment like the joint project in England,” he said.


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