DSVRT Engages The Corporate World And Trains Media Broadcasters On Sexual And Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Issues.

Given the mandate of His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to drive a wide spread awareness of SGBV issues across the State, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team on Friday, 11th of September, 2015 engaged staff of Unilever Nigeria Plc. at their Head Office in Oregun on the various initiatives being taken to curb the incidents in Lagos. There were over 100 members of staff in attendance. The presentation was followed by an interactive session where members of staff were further enlightened.

This is a continuation of the existing partnership between both bodies, which saw the Vaseline, Close Up and Lux brands provide support at the recent engagement session between the DSVRT and Market Men and Women Association of Lagos State led by the Iyaloja General, Chief Mrs. Tinubu-Ojo.

DSVRT in partnership with State Accountability Voice Initiative (SAVI) on Friday, 11th of September 2015 also engaged over 50 media broadcasters, representing 30 media houses on Sexual and Gender Based Violence and how to report incidents. They were informed of the various laws, namely, Child’s Rights Law, 2007, Prevention against Domestic Violence Law and the relevant sexual provisions in the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

They were also informed of support services available but most importantly, best practices in reporting cases of SGBV in the media. They were also enlightened about the psychosocial impact that the crimes have on victims, the issue of confidentiality, societal perceptions of these issues and the need to always present two sides of the story. Thy were also urged to see themselves as advocates against Sexual and Gender Based Violence as the power their reporting possess cannot be overemphasized.

The media representatives, on behalf of their media houses, gave renewed commitments in ensuring that issues of SGBV remain on the front burner, the deterrence message will characterize their reporting and that their coverage will also enlighten their subscribers on steps available in reaching out to the relevant agencies on SGBV issues.


Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi 
11th September, 2015

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