16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

For decades, individuals and communities have grappled with issues of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, the resultant impact in most cases is devastating to the victim. Often, the victims are helpless while perpetrators walk freely without being held accountable for their actions. This led to the establishment of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in September 2014, recently metamorphosed into the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), to provide a coordinated & holistic response to Sexual, Domestic and Gender-Based Violence issues within Lagos State. The Agency provides an opportunity for survivors and third parties to report cases of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Lagos State and these reported cases are tackled swiftly through the team work of Ministries, Department and partner Agencies, Gender-Based Violence Case Managers, the Police, Non-Governmental Organizations, Psychologists, Rescue team, Social Welfare, Health-care workers and the Judiciary. 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2022, is UNITE! Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls. At the DSVA, we believe that preventive measures are the most efficient ways of addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) issues. To this end, we embark on several advocacy programs, which aims at reducing SGBV to at least a barest minimum. The Agency will be leveraging on the global annual 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women, to heighten awareness on the issues of Gender-Based Violence in the state through several community engagement programs. Our objectives are; IN DEMONSTRATION OF POLITICAL WILL TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, HERE ARE SOME OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS: Club across the State (Introduction of curriculum into the education sector on SGBV, femininity, grit, resilience, transitioning from girl to woman) All made possible with the support of the State and off course, the efforts of other responder agencies working towards ensuring a safe and secured state, free from all forms of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.

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