To stem the tide on growing concerns about the prevalence of Sexual and gender based violence in the State, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) has on the 16th of January, 2023, taken the awareness campaign on the menace of sexual and gender based violence advocacy to Ibeju Lekki, Lekki and it’s environs.
The Executive Secretary Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi revealed that the Agency is renewing efforts in its SGBV advocacy in the new year by engaging more Local government and Local council development area through the “It’s On Us” program.
The Executive Secretary DSVA who was represented by the Head Community Engagement Mr Damilare Adewusi said the indispensable role the Local Government/Local Council Development Area would further create awareness in the nooks and crannies of the State and grassroots engagement remains crucial in tackling the menace.
She said the objectives of the program was to
Educate residents of Ibeju Lekki and Lekki on evolving gender roles; Promote positive masculinity and feminism among men and women; to enlighten on non-violence approach to conflict; and the need to have mutual respect for one another.
She stressed SGBV often takes the form of male perpetration and women victimization which must be eradicated from the society.
The Supervisor lbeju Lekki LG, MRS Bisola Azeez who represented the Chairperson lauded the State Government and the LagosDSVA for extending the campaign to the Local government and LCDA, stressing the need for the residents to be better informed of Government’s resolve and zero tolerance stance on issues bordering on Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Also at the program and taking the discuss from the angle of the Nigeria Police, ASP Roseline Ilekhue , Officer in Charge, Family Support Unit of Epe Police Division,
gave details of actions that are liable offences which are crimes punishable by the law and called for continuous cooperation and collaboration of residents with the Police.