Lagos DSVA takes intergenerational Conversations to Apapa

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) in continuation of the sensitization on the 16 Days of Activism against violence against women and girls have taken its One-day Intergenerational  Conversation on triggers of violence in the homes to Apapa under the theme – “Because You Have Experience It, Don’t Become It”,  was specifically curated to address re-occurring issues which contribute to triggers violence in the home. 

Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi,  Executive Secretary DSVA, in her welcome  told the gathering that marriages requires amongst others, mutual respect, understanding,  communication, respected boundaries and cooperations and partnership to achieve peace which were the Key take-aways for participants at the program. 

Vivour-Adeniyi who was represented by the Head Public Affairs Department,  AdeJoke Ladenegan- Oginni stressed that the event which was first held during the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month gave a platform to leverage on and to further amplify the message of the  Intergenerational Conversation on triggers of violence in the home.

 “Coming to Apapa shows our unwavering commitment to take this conversations to all nooks and crannies of the State” she stressed. 

The Vice Chairman Apapa Local government,  Hon. Ganiu Ismail who spoke on behalf of the Chairman, while giving his goodwill message thanked the State Goverment and the Agency for organizing the event in Apapa. He highlighted the need for everyone to join the State in eradicating the SGBV menace and to also ensure triggers of violence in the homes become totally eliminated. 

Hon. Ismail stressed that all forms of abuse frowned at by the State is on the rise and transcends various age groups and comes with it’s diverse attendants detrimental to the well being if all. 

Also at the event and giving her goodwill message,  the Olori of Ijora Kingdom,  Olori Abosede Aromire said women and girls must be protected from all forms of abuse and should endeavour to ensure they dwell harmoniously with their spouse by respecting, and cooperating with them. She said eradication of triggers in the home would result in a peaceful home and safer society and urged participants to encourage others to speak up in the event of the occurrence of abuse as kicking out the menace requires  collective effort 

Officer with the VCARE for Development Foundation,  Ms. Kemi Babatunde during the goodwill session said the foundation will continue to partner with the Agency in the fight against SGBV and express readiness to assist in giving the needed support for Survivors in the journey to attaining Justice. 

The Panelists and the Moderator, Ann Onyechefula of the  Programs department, DSVA outlined the various forms of 3rd party interference in marriages.  Participants drawn from various sectors in the Apapa Local Government were informed 

that data gathered by the Agency  revealed that asides third-party interference, lack of communication, lack of sexual satisfaction, financial dependency, unrealistic expectations, and infidelity have also been identified as triggers contributing to domestic violence and intimate partner violence.

“These conflicts usually results to violence in homes bearing in mind that the family is the first unit if socialization, to tackle violence in the society we must find ways to resolve conflicts in the home front because if not curbed it eventually leads to violence in the society at large”

At the event, panelists were drawn from the different Age Groups and generations to participate in the symposium amongst who were,  Nike Omiwale, Dunni Sowemimo, Miss Tomisin Akinwunmi,  Mr.  John Okafora  

 Ms.Adetoun Odumbo

spoke on the services the Agency render free of charge that can be access,  courtesy of the State Government and also gave an overview of SGBV and the services available at the Lagos DSVA that residents can access free of charge.  She told participants to call the toll-free line 08000-333-333 or visit the Novel House office at Plot 3, Otunba Jobi Fele Way,  Alausa Ikeja to report cases. 

Adejoke Ladenegan- Oginni

LAGOS DSVA

12/12/2023.

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