The One-Woman Justice League.
What do you do? “My life’s work is ensuring that victims of sexual abuse and injustice get hope and respite.”
How did you get involved in advocating for victims? “I, myself, have suffered both physical and sexual abuse, so I know personally the ordeal that victims go through.It is a frustrating experience. When a woman who has been abused reports the incident to the authorities, she is accused of doing something to provoke the act. After reporting a case several times without redress, many victims lose hope and give up. I act as a mediator and a voice for those who seek justice. Rather than complaining about the system, I have decided to be the change that I want to see in the society.”
“My hope is that, in time, Nigeria will have the proper structures in place for victims of crime and injustice. Evil people will always be evil; when they manifest as such, the law must make provision for the victims to get justice.”
What is your mantra?“You can never go wrong doing things right.”
Dorothy is doing the right thing for so many victims of abuse.
In Abuja, women who have suffered abuse or injustice turn to Dorothy Njemanze, a vocal advocate for victims’ rights. On “Naija Diamonds”, we bring to you stories of remarkable Nigerians like Dorothy who are speaking up for others. Episodes air each Saturday at 20:30 CAT (19:30 WAT) only on EbonyLife TV DStv channel 165.
Do you want to support Dorothy’s cause? You can contact her through
Dorothy Njemanze Foundation