The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency in commemoration of it’s awareness month raised the bar by heightening awareness about Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) through the State’s Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDA’s) by adorning the Officials with the Purple Ribbons.
Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, Executive Secretary DSVA said awareness month themed, “SGBV??? NOT IN MY LAGOS” commenced with the #Turn Alausa Purple in which the Lagos state Secretariat was literally turned purple, having engaged civil servants, members and staffs who complied with the circular which instructed the wearing of a touch of purple on the 4th of September, 2023.
She said, with the various program and initiatives, it is expedient to reach the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas to enlist the leaders and residents in the war against SGBV and whilst at it, adorning or wearing a touch of purple to also sensitize their local communities on what they need to know about Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
Amongst the list of LGAs and LCDAs that fully complied and participated were Ibeju, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikosi Ejirin, Eredo, Epe, Lagos Island west, Lagos Island, Apapa, Iganmu, Badagry West, Badagry, Ikoyi, Obalende, Eti Osa East, Eti Osa West, Eti Osa, Onigbongbo, Ojodu, Ikeja, Yaba, Lagos mainland, Amuwo OdofinBariga Somolu, Ifako Ijaiye, Agege, Orile Agege, Ojokoro, Itire, Coker Aguda, Surulere, Ikorodu North, Igbogbo, Bayeku, Ikorodu West, Otto Awori, Iba and Ojo.
This event is however significant as it is in sync with the statutory mandate of the State Government to consistently raise awareness and inform the residents of Lagos State about all that is needed to be known about SGBV and where they can access support services put in place by the State Government at the Lagos Domestic and sexual Violence Office at the Novel House, Jobi Fele way Alausa Lagos to get the help they need or call the Toll-Free line 0-8000-333-333.
This annual drive is however used to solicit continuous support from all works of life in the fight against SGBV in Lagos State.