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Lagos DSVA,  Rolac Organize Capacity Building Workshop For SGBV Lagos Focal Persons / Desk Officers

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) in conjunction with the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (ROLAC) program has organized a training for SGBV Desk Officers from across the Local Government and Local Council development areas in Lagos State at the Protea Hotels in Ikeja,  Lagos on the 27th of November, 2023.   The Executive Secretary, of Lagos DSVA, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi at the event said Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) remains a pervasive and deeply rooted issue globally,  affecting individuals across age, gender, and socio-economic backgrounds. She said the Agency  in response to the pressing  need for a coordinated and effective approach which is part of its  statutory mandate, proposed a comprehensive strategy  to enhance the capacity of responder agencies in addressing SGBV which informed   ensuring capacity building for all relevant responder agencies  across the State. She stressed that given the above, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency in partnership with the  Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (ROLAC) organized the capacity of focal persons across the 20  LGAs and LCDAs to be able to respond to SGBV cases optimally.  Vivour-Adeniyi told the gathering that the objectives of training will help develop protocols for seamless inter-agency cooperation, including information-sharing and referral mechanisms, will provide responders with in-depth knowledge about the various forms of SGBV, including  cultural nuances and intersectionality. She said further that the training would also aid responders on the reporting mechanisms established by Lagos State whilst emphasizing the  importance of accurate and timely reporting and establishing clear procedures for documenting SGBV cases in alignment with Lagos State  protocols. The program with 100 participants availed sessions which included *Understanding relevant laws* by Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, *Disability Inclusion in handling SGBV cases* by General Manager *LASODA*,  Mr. Dare Dairo.   *Understanding the Gender Roles* by Mr. Damilare Adewusi and *Approaches to SGBV”* by Mrs. I  Tumininu Oni.  The training is expected to Strengthen responder competency in addressing Lagos State-specific SGBV challenges, Improve collaboration and communication among responder agencies within the State;  enhanced utilization of Lagos State legal and reporting frameworks; increased confidence and capability of responders in delivering survivor-centric services. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Head,  Lagos DSVA 28/11/2023

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DSVA unites Stakeholders  as the World commemorates 16 days of Activism. 

The International Day For the Elimination of Violence against Women which ushers in the 16 days of activism with the theme, Unite- Invest to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls is another opportunity to amplify our voices and raise awareness about issues of Sexual and Gender Based Violence which continue to remain pervasive in our society. According to the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs Titilola Vivour Adeniyi,  Several activities have been curated to heighten awareness about the eradication of violence against Women and children.  She said these activities which include Inter Generational Conversations and town hall meetings at Badagry, Ikeja, Apapa, Lagos Island Local Government Areas.  An Advocacy walk tagged Women Arise, would also take place in Epe Local Government Area  These events would feature participants- stakeholders from different strata of society. “As part of our statutory mandate, we would also be embarking on various trainings and capacity building initatives, including training of Judges and Magistrates on  best practices for adjudicating Sexual and Gender Based Violence cases, training of Desk Officers drawn from the 20 local government areas as well as  sensitization and enlightenment campaigns for children.  It would be recalled that last year the Agency showcased 16 ways Governor SanwoOlu was ensuring that the menace of SGBV and all its attendants is eradicated from our dear State.   This year, we would also recognize 16 outstanding women who  have distinguished themselves in the quest to eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls.  Residents of Lagos are encouraged to join the 16 days of activism by being active bystanders, believe survivors , seeing themselves as Mandated Reporters, if they see something they have a duty to say something and do something. Adejoke Ladenegan-oginni Lagos DSVA 25/11/2023

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Lagos DSVA Trains Lasued Campus Ambassadors. 

In a bid to further leverage education as a tool for prevention of all forms of abuse, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has concluded a two-day training for the Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) Campus Ambassadors.  Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, Executive Secretary, Lagos DSVA said the newly trained LASUED Campus Ambassadors would act as first responders of sexual and gender based violence in the campus.  The training which took place on the 20th and 21st of November, 2023 at the LASUED Library had 30 persons in attendance.    Executive Secretary, DSVA pointed out the importance of addressing the SGBV menace which was to emphasize the State Government’s unwavering commitment to eradicating SGBV on campuses and how crucial their roles are in the process.  It is our hope that this initiative would spur peer learning and peer accountability, and it would also encourage the bystander culture of students being responsive in precarious situations, especially on campus.   The Dean of Students Affairs Dr. Rilwan. Dawodu who represented the Vice Chancellor appreciated the DSVA team for bringing the initiative to  LASUED and said it will stem the tide of the menace to the barest minimum and also pleaded with the DSVA team to also extend the initiative to their other campus located at Epe.  Before the first discourse, a pre-test was conducted to ascertain the knowledge of participants on issues of SGBV.  Damilare Adewusi, Head, Community Engagement Lagos DSVA explained the existing State Laws and policies of SGBV and took participants on the Dos and Dont-s while interfacing with Survivors.   Ms. Kafayat Salami Community Engagement Officer DSVA explained psychological first aid where she  emphasized that the use of empathic words, emotional intelligence and educating survivors on the various support services accessible at the Agency was sacrosanct   Mr. Tobi Ikudayisi enlightened the participants on the overview of SGBV where he listed the various forms of abuse, the myths about rape and sexual harassment as well as  the psychological effects of SGBV.   Dr. Bola Elegbede, the Director of, SGBV LASUED Response Team appreciated the DSVA team for bringing the initiative to LASUED and gave assurance that the training would be beneficial to all.  Certificates of participation were subsequently presented to the participants by the DSVA team. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 23/11/2023

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Lagos DSVA Commemorates International Men’s Day… Says No To Male Suicide

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has at the International Men’s Day program held today at the Adeyemi Bero,  called on the male folks to speak up when they experience any form of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.   Executive Secretary, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, stated this as the agency commemorates the year 2023 International Men’s Day; with the Theme: “Zero Male Suicide”.She said the agency has curated an initiative tagged “Break the silence, Don’t take your life, Seek help” to discuss various issues that cause depression and other forms of abuse against Men.  While informing men of the support services that the State Government had put in place to proactively address the issues of abuse, Vivour-Adeniyi, said the International Men’s Day was another opportunity to create awareness about sexual and gender-based violence, whilst taking into cognizance the fact that men can also be victims and survivors.  During his presentation, Director, Special Projects, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Tolu Ajomale revealed that ”Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, while just over 2 in 3 suicides on a worldwide basis are men, it is important to bring down the suicide rate for both males and females.  He said suicide could occur at any age and was the fourth highest cause of death among 15-29 year-olds worldwide with over 703,000 individuals committing suicide every year, with many more attempting to do so. Also, Ajomale said the goal of the program was to improve men’s well-being and mental health. Ajomale urged men to recognize and manage common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse as health is not just an absence of disease or infirmity but a complete state of physical, mental, and social. Mr. Yakub Jubril spoke on the evolving roles of men in society and harped on the need for a break from the norm and change of the behavioral mindset at different strata of society. He urged men not to hesitate to seek help when the need arises. The DSVA Psychology team conducted group therapy for the participants at the event. One of the participants, Ayo Abayomi extolled the organizers of the event,  stressing the event was an urgent response to the plight of many men who are suffering in silence. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency 19/11/2023

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Lagos Engage 200 Schools,  Visits 90, As Monitoring & Assessment Begins In Education Districts 1- 6.  

The Lagos State Government through the Joint Task Force  on Implementation of the Executive Order on Safeguarding and Child Protection has commenced monitoring and assessment across the Six Education Districts in the State.  The members of the Joint Task Force  comprise top level representatives of the Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education,   Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Lagos State Safety Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board, Child Protection Network and Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency. According to the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the monitoring exercise which began on the 31st of October at the Lagos City College, Sabo-Yaba has so far engaged over 200 schools in Education Districts 4 and 5, whilst over 90 schools have been visited to ascertain and measure  compliance in these districts.  On the spot assessments were conducted at the schools to confirm the practical implementation of the policy and identify strengths and areas for improvement. Whilst speaking at the engagement, representative of the Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mr. Kamaldeen Akodu elaborated on the need for schools to put precautionary measures in place to ensure a safe learning environment. Similarly, representative of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr. Jubril Yakub informed school Administrators of the essence of the exercise, highlighting the fact that it is not punitive in nature rather corrective. He further explained the reporting procedures to be adopted in schools. Representative of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mrs. Ajoke Oshokoya emphasized on the importance of having safety measures in schools. According to her, certain security measures such as having security personnel, safety equipments, conducting safety training, well maintained facilities for a hazard free environment,  are expected to be put in place to ensure the general well-being and security of students, staff and visitors. It would be recalled that the State Government in December, 2016 ratified the Executive Order (NO.E0/AA08 of 2016) establishing the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. The policy is to be mandatorily adopted by all child-centred institutions to ensure that the rights of children in their care are safeguarded and adequately protected even as clear-cut protocols for handling reports and disclosures of abuse are clearly defined. The ultimate aim of the monitoring exercise is to ascertain the level of adoption and implementation of the Executive Order across all Six Education Districts in Lagos State. ADEJOKE LADENEGAN -OGINNI Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency 12/11/2023

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DSVA Engages Community Development Committee Of Igbogbo Local Council Development Area.

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency took SGBV advocacy to Igbogbo Local Council Development Area on November 9, 2023, during the  Community Development Committee monthly meeting held at the Customary Court Igbogbo.  The agency’s new campaign slogan against SGBV  “NOT IN MY LAGOS!!!”,  According to Mrs. Titilola Vivour Adeniyi, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos DSVA portrays the State government  steadfastness in its zero-tolerance policy against sexual and gender-based violence and has continued to put these issues on the front burner. She told the audience that the State through the DSVA remains committed to seeing that justice is served.   Speaking through the Head,  Community Engagement,  Damilare Adewusi, Informed the audience that the Agency is operating under it’s statutory mandate and in accordance with the THEMES PLUS agenda of the State government, and gave assurance of the holistic services proffered by the Agency when cases are reported and kept strictly confidential.  Futhermore, Adewusi emphasized the importance of timely report of cases as this will assist the investigation process that would also enable abusers and perpetrators of all forms of Violence,  physical, emotional, or sexual would be held accountable by the State.   He made a distinction between the various sexual related Offences including rape and defilement whilst noting that both Offences attract the same punishment – life imprisonment. He also used the opportunity to enlighten residents on the fact that a child lacks the capacity to give consent to sexual activity and as such consent does not apply when addressing defilement or other unlawful sexual activity involving children.  He urged participants to report any abuse by calling the Agency’s toll-free hotline, 08000333333 and avail themselves with the support services that are accessible in the Agency such as empowerment, legal assistance, medical assistance, counseling, rescue, and shelter.  Mr. Abayomi Adelakun, the Chairman of the Community Development Committee commended the Lagos State Government for engaging the community with the laudable program and called on residents to collaborate with the State in eradicating the SGBV scourge from the society. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 9/11/2023

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Lagos DSVA Holds  Market Fiesta At The 2023 Lagos International Trade Fair

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing gender-based violence through initiatives aimed at educating, training relevant stakeholders, and implementing behavioral mindset-changing programs. One of these behavioral mindset-changing programs -Market Fiesta tagged  “MEN WEY SABI” was again organized at the foremost  Nigeria’s Lagos International Trade Fair 2023 at Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos Island.  Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi,  Executive Secretary said that the program critically aimed at addressing gender stereotypes in Lagos which statistics have shown to be among the resultant causes of Domestic Violence in various homes. The Executive Secretary, who was represented by Mr. Adewusi Damilare called attention to the need to empower women,  stressing that this required the collaborative effort of all stakeholders to actualize the shared responsibility.  She urged the Public, elected officials, and citizens to use their space,  office, and platform to rally support for Gender Equality.  Adewusi while drumming up support for Gender Equality said “Market Fiesta” raised awareness of men’s critical roles in preventing sexual and domestic abuse and fostering marital partnership. He highlighted that the objective of the program was to dispel myths about men’s participation in the kitchen as against gender-stereotyped roles ascribed to women and the value of teamwork in marriage as a critical mutual support system in homes. The cooking competition sponsored by Power Oil Nigeria Limited had 5 men chosen randomly from among the market men, spectators, and visitors to the trade fair.  Mr. Olalekan Hamed (AG) the winner of the cooking competition acknowledged  governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration’s efforts to create the needed balance for both genders to thrive in the society which he opined would create a safer society and healthier relationships. He expressed gratitude to the organizers for infusing the idea into the 2023 Lagos International Trade Fair.  Other Participants in the competition were  Temitope Gabriel,  Adepegba Solomon,  Sikiru Yusuf and Odebe Hamed.  Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency 9/11/2023

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Lagos DSVA,  Rolac  Holds SGBV Case Conference With Lagos Divisional Police Officers, O-Cs Gender Desk

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) in collaboration with the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption ROLAC  has organized a 1-day interactive SGBV Case Conference with Divisional Police Officers, (DPOs),  Officers in Charge of Family Support Units (OCs) and Officers in FSUs in the Lagos Police Command at the Amber Residence  Hotel, Ikeja-GRA,  Lagos on the 8th of November 2023. The Officer in Charge,  Gender Desk Department, Lagos State Police Command, CSP Grace Agboola who stood in for the  Commissioner of Police, lauded the efforts of State Government and the Lagos DSVA for continually scaling up the pace in the quest to eradicate SGBV in the State.  He gave assurance that officers in the Lagos Police Command will continue to give the needed support to ensuring Perpetrators of these crimes are made to face the full wrath of the Law and Survivors get Justice.  Executive Secretary, DSVA, Titilola Vivour- Adeniyi in her opening,  gave a background to burgeoning issues of Sexual and Gender Based Violence SGBV and said the one-day interactive engagement with the law enforcement agents was strategically aimed at addressing and effectively responding to cases of SGBV.   While reiterating the Lagos State’s zero tolerance stance against all forms of SGBV crimes, she noted that Sexual and Gender based Violence remains a globally pervasive human rights violation as  statistics has shown that one in three women worldwide will experience physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of men at some point in their lives and with the establishment of the Lagos DSVA, preventing and responding to these heinous crimes is the Agency’s core mandate. Vivour -Adeniyi revealed that since the establishment of  the Agency,  it has provided services to over 10000 survivors including adults and children with the unrelenting support and Political Will of the State Government, the Police and the collaborative support of stakeholders.  “The ultimate aim of this gathering is to reinforce our commitment to eradicating SGBV from our  dear state,  as you may know that it is not over until it is over. We must constantly educate ourselves and be open minded to embrace new ideas, and new techniques, identify our challenges and proffer solutions that would improve outcomes for Survivors of SGBV. Giving her goodwill message,  the Project Coordinator,  The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme Phase II, Mrs. Ajibola Ijimakinwa said the programme is funded by the European Union and implemented by International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IIDEA) Project Coordinator said “The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to the consolidation of the rule of law and anti-corruption reforms in Nigeria.  Component 2 of the Programme is seeking to improve access to justice for vulnerable women, children, juveniles, persons with disabilities and victims of sexual and gender-based violence by strengthening inclusive policy, institutional and operational frameworks for access to justice and improving availability of referral and legal aid services for vulnerable persons” “RoLAC 2 is collaborating with the DSVA to engage with Divisional Police officers and the officers of the Family support unit to facilitate discussions on how to improve access to justice for victims of sexual and gender-based violence. The Police are encouraged to conduct more thorough investigations, gather necessary evidence, and adhere to proper procedures, ultimately leading to a higher rate of successful prosecutions” Ijimakinwa said Ijimakinwa also revealed that the programme will be implemented over a period of five years 2023 – 2027 at the Federal and in 5 states including Lagos.  Also at the conference,  General Manager Lagos State Office for Disabilty Affairs (LASODA) Mr. Oluwadamilare Ogundairo presented a paper on Disability Inclusion in handling SGBV cases.  CSP Grace Agboola, OC,  Gender Desk Department gave an overview of the establishment,  importance and functions of the Family Support Unit.  Head, Case Management DSVA,  Mrs. Tumininu Oni reeled out data on SGBV cases and the efforts of the Agency in the adjudication of Justice for Survivors  Representing the Director for Public Prosecutions Dr. Babajide Martins,  from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Ms.  Inumidun Solarin interfaced with Officers on the salient underlings during investigations and challenges faced by FSUs in ensuring justice. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 9/11/2023

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Lagos DSVA Organizes “Men Wey Sabi” At Dopemu Aluminium Market

Lagos State through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has reiterated continuous efforts to curb the menace of Gender-Based Violence through behavioral mindset programmes,sensitizing and training of relevant stakeholders as it organized “MEN WEY SABI” at Aluminium Market in Dopemu over the weekend.  The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs.Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi,  represented by Mr.Adewusi Damilare,  said the purpose was to address Gender stereotypes which is expected to build peaceful homes where mutual love and respect remains sacrosanct in the State. She emphasized the collective responsibility to empower women and urged that society, leaders, and residents should champion fostering gender equality. The program,  she accentuated highlights men’s pivotal roles in ending domestic and sexual violence whilst also promoting partnership in marriages.  “Our primary objective is to spread the message in a spirited manner, challenging stereotypes regarding men’s involvement in childcare and the essence of partnership in marriage” Vivour-Adeniyi affirmed.  The competition sponsored by Power Oil Nigeria Limited showcased culinary skills,  a diaper-changing and doll-dressing competition was aimed to showcase the male gender ability to care for a child hygiene in the absence of their spouse. Mr. Awojobi Tajudeen, the President of the Aluminum  village market appreciated Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s administration for ensuring that the society is conducive for both gender to thrive.  Mr.Atitobi Surajudeen Adedimeji,  winner of the cooking competition  appreciated the agency for bringing the initiative to Dopemu market. Adejoke Ladenegan- Oginni Lagos DSVA 8/11/23

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Lagos DSVA Takes SGBV Advocacy To Amuwo Odofin Local Government  Area (Lga)

.. calls for more collaborative efforts The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has continued to heighten awareness on the SGBV menace as it embarked on Advocacy at the Local Government Area( LGA) of Amuwo ODOFIN through its Community Engagement Department.  Executive Secretary DSVA, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi who called for more collaborative efforts in the bid to rid society of SGBV and it’s attendants, revealed that heightened awareness in the grassroots had been impactful as it had  increased awareness of these burgeoning issues and at the same time reporting of the SGBV crimes and the perpetrators.  Vivour Adeniyi said there is heightened awareness about these issues even as we are gradually breaking the culture of silence Whilst reiterating that the State Government has made adequate services for survivors including free medical, legal, psychosocial / Counselling, empowerment , emergency services and Access to Justice , Vivour Adeniyi reiterated the need for survivors to take advantage of the free services available at the Agency.  Mr. Adewusi Damilare,  Head, Community Engagement department and Mr. Ikudayisi Oluwatobi,  officers from the Agency addressed the participants and gave  an overview of SGBV, it’s forms & preventive measures and harped on the toll free line 0-8000-333-333 as a channel for prompt reporting of SGBV cases incidented in their environs.  Giving the vote of thanks, Evangelist Ralph Egunjobi, the Chairman of Community Development Council lauded the Lagos State Government efforts in ensuring such enlightenment campaigns are brought to the community,  stressing  that the initiative was a welcome development as this will delimit the perpetration of such heinous crimes among the residents irrespective of their ages, positions or creed and also urged for more intervention in the area.  Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 8/11/2023

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