Lagos DSVA Takes Market Fiesta (Men Wey Sabi) To Ojuwoye Market Mushin.

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has reaffirmed its dedication to eliminating gender-based violence through it’s initiative Market Fiesta that aims to change people’s behavioural mindsets, educating and training pertinent to  stakeholders and the Public. 

Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi,  Executive Secretary said that the program critically aimed at addressing gender stereotypes in Lagos revealed that  statistics through research have shown that these stereotypes  are the resultant causes of Domestic Violence in various homes.

She said the Ojuwoye Market in the Mushin neighbourhood of Lagos State was where another edition of the market fiesta known as “MEN WEY SABI,” was held so that the message  could be amplified to the nooks and crannies in Lagos.

The Executive Secretary, who was represented by the Head Community Engagement,  Mr. Adewusi Damilare, further emphasized that it was crucial to empower  women to boost development and give them a voice as they also play significant impact in society. 

In order to mobilise support for gender equality, she laid credence to the need for collaborations from the public and private sector, elected leaders, and individuals to use their positions, offices, and platforms to amplify the SGBV message. 

Adewusi noted that “Market Fiesta” increased awareness of men’s crucial roles in preventing sexual and domestic violence and sustaining marital partnership, while also rallying support for gender equality. He emphasised that the program’s goal was to debunk myths regarding men’s involvement in the kitchen in opposition to gender stereotypes that place women in certain positions and the importance of cooperation in marriage as a vital source of mutual support in households.

Five men were picked at random from among market vendors, onlookers, and market visitors to participate in the culinary competition, which was sponsored by Power Oil Nigeria Limited. 

Adejoke Ladenegan-oginni

Lagos DSVA

13/12/2023

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