The Community Engagement Team of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency conducted multiple sensitization and awareness programs in Badagry to raise continued awareness on the SGBV Message in the whole of Lagos. The Executive Secretary, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to spreading the message about sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and the State zero tolerance towards its eradication throughout the state. His Royal Majesty, Oba Ajara of Agamathen,  Alaiyeluwa Oba Agono Toniyon I Aholu of Ajara Agamathen welcomed the team to raise the SGBV awareness message among his community members in commemoration of His 61st birthday celebration.  HRM emphasized the importance of the initiative and called on the residents within and outside the axis to make do with the important details the DSVA team would share. Additionally, His Royal Majesty, Aholu Akarakumo of Badagry, Alaiyeluwa Oba Travil AwogbemiNunayon provided the DSVA Team with the opportunity to sensitize his community and he urged community members not to remain silent and to report cases of SGBV in their locality. Mr. Damilare Adewusi, Head of Community Engagement Unit, educated participants on emerging SGBV issues and reporting procedures. An extensive Q&A session followed, which the community members appreciated. SGBV awareness materials were distributed in both communities, and the toll-free line 08000-333-333 was shared.


Lagos DSVA Holds Seminar On SGBV At Badagry West 

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency took the SGBV advocacy to Badagry West Local Government Development Area(LCDA) on the 3rd of August, 2023. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi,  Executive Secretary, of Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency relayed at the Seminar, the need for mandated reporting and partnership at all strata of society as she reiterated that kicking out the menace of SGBV in the State was a collective responsibility.   The Executive Secretary who was represented by the Community Engagement Officer Adetoun Odunmbo told the residents of the community that all forms of abuse,  domestic and sexual violence are crimes against the State and is punishable by law.  She decried that the Lagos DSVA received reports of these crimes have been on a steady increase and called for the collaborative efforts of all to nip these crimes in the bud.  She urged the residents to break the culture of silence by calling the Toll Free Line 0800-333-333 to report cases without delay.  The chairperson, Mrs. Esther Gbenu who was represented by the Supervisor for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, in her welcome address encouraged those at the gathering to avail themselves of the information at the program and ensure their full participation. The representatives of the agency, Ms. Adetoun Odumbo, and Mr. Tobiloba Ikudaisi sensitized the residents on the overview of SGBV and the free support services available at the DSVA for them to access on the issues of SGBV respectively. Also at the event the Chairman, Badagry West LCDA, Hon. Gbenu Henugbe Joseph in his remarks appreciated the Lagos State Government for bringing the sensitization program to his jurisdiction and assured that the people of his constituency would be taking whatever they learn to their different communities as the essence of the program would pave way for safety and enabling environment for peace.  Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 4/8/2023.

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