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Invictus Africa, Budgit, Ford Foundation Ranks Lagos Tops In SGBV Prevention And Response….As Womanity Index Is Launched

The Lagos State Government has been ranked number 1 in the prevention and response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Country at the Official Launch of the *”WOMANITY INDEX”*, by Invictus Africa, in partnership with BudgIT Foundation, with support from the Ford Foundation.  The Event which took place on the 3rd of December at Fraser Suites, Abuja was graced by distinguished personalities and stakeholders from various fields in attendance also had the First Ladies of some States.  The Womanity Index is an annual assessment and ranking of subnational governments based on their performance in advancing gender equality. The Womanity Index encompasses five domains: Gender-Based Violence, Women’s Health, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Women’s Political Representation, and Educational Parity.  The 2023 edition is focused on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) wherein states are assessed on their commitments to GBV prevention and response based on 17 indicators across five indexes – Laws and Policies, Access to Legal Justice, Support Services, Information and Awareness, and Budget and Expenditure. Speaking as a panelist at the launch, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, shared the various strategies the State Government has adopted including the setting up of the Response Team which has now metamorphosed into a full-fledged Government Agency, the statutory agency responsible for coordinating response, providing holistic response and services to survivors, preventing SGBV amongst other statutory responsibilities.  Whilst speaking,  She underscored the collaboration and partnership that exists between sister Government MDAs including the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Education, nongovernmental organizations, the police and of course the Lagos State Judiciary as critical in winning the war against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.  The year 2023 edition is focused on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) wherein states are assessed on their commitments to GBV prevention and response based on 17 indicators across five indexes – Laws and Policies, Access to Legal Justice, Support Services, Information and Awareness, and Budget and Expenditure.  Speaking as a panelist at the launch, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi,  shared the various strategies the State Government has adopted including the setting up of the Response Team which has now metamorphosed into a full-fledged agency, the statutory agency responsible for coordinating response, providing holistic response and services to survivors, preventing SGBV amongst other statutory responsibilities.  She emphasized the need for collaboration and partnership amongst sister Government agencies and nongovernmental organisations and the need to approach SGBV from a multi-disciplinary lens; as a security, and public health concern, with grave economic consequences as well as an access to justice problem.  According to her, this approach has led to the mainstreaming of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence into various sectors.  She further noted the need for political will in addressing this menace, whilst appreciating the unrelenting effort and unwavering zero-tolerance stance against all forms of abuse by the Governor of Lagos State,  Mr. Bababjide Olusola SanwoOlu, in ensuring the menace is eradicated.  On her part, Vivour-Adeniyi said, it is a validation and a win for the entire state, noting that it is a call to be unrelenting in collaborative efforts by ensuring the menace of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence is reduced to the barest minimum.  The report can be downloaded by the link below;  Joke Ladenegan-Oginni  Lagos DSVA 4/12/2023

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Lagos DSVA Receives Budgit’s “Active Citizens Award”

It was another day of honour for the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency,  DSVA when BudgIT a leading Civic-Tech organization awarded the Agency its Active Citizens Award on Saturday,  September 16, 2023, at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island.  BudgIT, a leading Civic-Tech organization that promotes accountability and transparency in governance through social innovation and advocacy in its 2023 edition of its Active Citizens Awards. Trailblazers of Change;  Pioneering solutions,  shaping the future gave the awards to the Agency at   the Awards ceremony which aims to spotlight, honor,  and celebrate Citizens,  Agencies, and organizations undertaking outstanding work to improve Nigeria across different sectors.  BudgIT stressed that the Lagos DSVA got the award for its commitment to Social Justice and advancing service delivery for persons of Domestic Violence in Lagos State with the award for institutional transparency.  While receiving the award,  the elated Executive Secretary said in her acceptance speech,  “Permit me to commend BudgIT for their consistency, doggedness, and resilience exhibited through the years. Thank you for putting all of us on our toes” “I would like to dedicate this award to all the victims and survivors who have trusted us enough with their stories, shared their pain, and sought help. Thank you for allowing us to help you. We use this medium to encourage anyone experiencing domestic and sexual violence to know that we believe you, Government is here for you. Kindly break the culture of silence, speak up, and get help. We can be reached on our Toll-free line 08000 333 333”.  I would also like to appreciate my amazing team, gallant officers of the DSVA”   “Thank you for daily going beyond the call of duty. Our work truly is a thankless one so to be recognized in this way is truly humbling and gratifying” The award ceremony was graced by leaders of thought in both the Public and Private Sector and the Media. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 17/9/23

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Lagos DSVA Receives Budgit’s “Active Citizens Award”

It was another day of honour for the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency,  DSVA when BudgIT a leading Civic-Tech organization awarded the Agency its Active Citizens Award on Saturday,  September 16, 2023, at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island.  BudgIT, a leading Civic-Tech organization that promotes accountability and transparency in governance through social innovation and advocacy in its 2023 edition of its Active Citizens Awards. Trailblazers of Change;  Pioneering solutions,  shaping the future gave the awards to the Agency at   the Awards ceremony which aims to spotlight, honor,  and celebrate Citizens,  Agencies, and organizations undertaking outstanding work to improve Nigeria across different sectors.  BudgIT stressed that the Lagos DSVA got the award for its commitment to Social Justice and advancing service delivery for persons of Domestic Violence in Lagos State with the award for institutional transparency.  While receiving the award,  the elated Executive Secretary said in her acceptance speech,  “Permit me to commend BudgIT for their consistency, doggedness, and resilience exhibited through the years. Thank you for putting all of us on our toes” “I would like to dedicate this award to all the victims and survivors who have trusted us enough with their stories, shared their pain, and sought help. Thank you for allowing us to help you. We use this medium to encourage anyone experiencing domestic and sexual violence to know that we believe you, Government is here for you. Kindly break the culture of silence, speak up, and get help. We can be reached on our Toll-free line 08000 333 333”.  I would also like to appreciate my amazing team, gallant officers of the DSVA”   “Thank you for daily going beyond the call of duty. Our work truly is a thankless one so to be recognized in this way is truly humbling and gratifying” The award ceremony was graced by leaders of thought in both the Public and Private Sector and the Media.

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