Ojo and Ikorodu Local Government Embraces Awareness To Eradicate Sexual And Gender Based Violence.

In  furtherance of  “IT IS ON US to end Domestic and Sexual Violence” themed community outreach in  combating the rising cases of domestic and sexual violence across the State,the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, convened town hall meetings at both Ojo and Ikorodu Local Government on Thursday, 9th and Friday, 10th of June, 2022 respectively.

Addressing both gatherings, the Executive Secretary of DSVA Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi elucidated that everyone, including the elderly, can be victims of domestic and sexual violence. She encouraged the residents of the respective local governments to take the message of the town hall meetings to their various communities and consider themselves mandated reporters; further stating that “if you see something, you have a duty to say something and do something.”

Speaking at the  opening ceremony,the Chairman of Ojo and Ikorodu Local Governments  ably represented by the Vice Chairman, Mrs. Uche Uborchi and  the Secretary to the Ikorodu Local Government ,Hon. Lateef Afinni, both expressed their concerns about the increasing rate of sexual and gender based violence cases which usually went unreported. They concluded by assuring the residents of both  Local Government that they will work with all relevant stakeholders to put an end to domestic and sexual violence in their respective communities.

The gathering at the Ikorodu Local Government meeting acknowledged the presence of HRM Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun of Igbogbo kingdom who delivered his keynote address on domestic violence. His Royal Majesty urged all Ikorodu residents to embrace peace amongst all men and shun violence.

Mrs. Adeola Odumabo (Head of Citizen Mediation Center, Iba Unit ), and Alhaji  Lateef Akinborode (Executive Director, Community Women’s Right Foundation), speakers at the meetings, educated participants on what domestic and sexual violence entails instances of domestic violence, even as the reemphasized on the role of the community in  curbing the menace.

ASP Braimah Asimawo of the Okokomaiko Family Support Unit, and Dr. Rahmat Odedesan, Medical Officer at the Ikorodu local government delivered presentations on steps to take after domestic or sexual violence has occurred. Participants were  encouraged to contact the nearest  designated police station and seek medical  assistance at the closest Primary Health Center.

The gathering  had in attendance 200 stakeholders  respectively from each local government including Community Development Associations, traditional and religious leaders, political leaders,  community and youth leaders ,market men and women, representatives from the National Youth Council, artisans and relevant stakeholders.

The It’s on Us campaign is in furtherance of Mr. Governor. Sanwo-Olu’s resolve to eradicate Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Lagos State.

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