Lagos DSVA Engages Traditional Rulers on SGBVS Prevalence

…calls for adherence to Referral Pathway

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has  today engaged Traditional Rulers drawn from the 5 Division of the State to a round table Discussion on the prevalence of Sexual and gender based violence in the State.

The Executive Secretary Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA, Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi in her address urged the Royal Fathers at the gathering to use their influence to encourage proactive measures and practices adopted by the Lagos State Government through the Agency, to ensure that Sexual and Gender-Based Violence if not completely eradicated, is brought to a barest minimum.

She revealed that in the past year, the Agency recorded a total of 4860 cases via the Virtual Referral and Response Service (VRRS) and Physical report which includes Domestic Violence, Rape, Lack of Parental Care, Threat to life, Sexual Assault by Penetration, Emotional Abuse, Child Neglect/Abandonment, Child labor, Sexual Molestation and Non -GBV cases perpetrated against Adults and Children.

Vivour-Adeniyi said the breakdown of cases showed that there were 2710 for adult and 2150 cases for children, however  SGBVs on women and young girls was critically heightened.

She spoke further that while various factors  contribute to SGBVs,  the context of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence is based largely on patriarchal society. 

She pointed out  that in the context of preventing and ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, traditional rulers are one of the strategic groups that must be considered, because they are the custodians of culture   and relate more to different segments of the population, including those who are marginalized and harder to reach and  by virtue of their long-standing presence and service in diverse communities, have come to command the trust and respect of local population. 

She stressed the need for adherence to the State Government’s referral pathway

So that perpetrators are held legally accountable for their actions

 “It is therefore of utmost importance that traditional rulers are promptly and regularly engaged on these issues, their role in preventing and responding to incidents reported and most importantly, the need to have interface with Government. Asides from engaging the traditional rulers”.

“We are also desirous of mainstreaming responseq to SGBV into their existing dispute resolution mechanisms. This would involve identifying a focal personnel in the palace whose responsibility would be to work closely with the traditional ruler as collaboration/partnership is of utmost regard” Vivour-Adeniyi said !

Highlights of the sessions included in the training were Expose into relevant laws that regulates SGBV cases in the State by Mrs Omotola Rotimi AG&PT, Ministry of Justice, Understanding Sexual and Gender Based Violence in particular the Stereotypes by Atinuke Odukoya- Exec. Director, Centre for Women Health in Nigeria and a Review of customary law practices and the role of traditional rulers in responding to SGBV by Oladele Emmanuel Temilade and the Exploring Existing State Structure and services for Domestic Violence Survivors with a key pointer to the Agency’s mandated reporting policy by the Exec. Secretary Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA, Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi .

AdeJoke Ladenegan- Oginni

DSVA

13/10/2022

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