Kings Club Project

260 Students Now SGBV Peer Educators In Queens And Kings Club In Education District 2 

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has  concluded a six weeks training for selected students in selected private and public secondary schools of the Lagos State Education District 2, and held an induction ceremony to inaugurate the  students into the Clubs.  The induction ceremony which took place at the Ojota Junior Secondary School Hall, had in attendance 260 trained students who were drawn from 13 schools.  The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi In her welcome address, appreciated the students, Facilitators, Patrons and Matrons, for their attendance, dedication and attention in the past six weeks and also appreciated the Tutor General and Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Anike Adekanye and her team for their dedication, support and commitment in making this a reality. Vivour-Adeniyi reiterated that the initiative was curated for the students in the quest to end SGBV in schools and these trained students would now go on to be peer educators in their schools as well as their communities . During the course of the training, facilitators from the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency taught students on a series of topics including Gender Based Violence, Femininity, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Anger Management, Child’s Rights Law, amongst other interesting modules while prominent members of the society such as General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Gardens, Mrs. Adetoun Popoola, Coordinator, Child Protection Network, Lagos Chapter, Mrs. Aderonke Oyelakin, Co-Founder, Center for Women’s Health and Information (CEWHIN), Mrs. Atinuke Odukoya, amongst others served as Mentors and took the session on Grit, Tenacity and Resilience.  Giving the Charge by Mentors, Mr. Kazeem Olanipekun, encouraged the students to take to heart everything that they had learnt in the course of the six weeks, make the most of it and go on to make themselves, the agency and the Lagos State Government proud. The event came to a conclusion when students took a pledge of Allegiance and the Affirmation to stay true to their learnings during the six weeks training and also be peer educators.  Mrs. Adeniyi, the Director, Guidance and Counselling Unit, Education District 2, in her closing remark, appreciating the Lagos State Government and the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency for their consistency and commitment to curbing the Gender-Based Violence menace in the state.  The certificate of completion was presented to participants, including students, facilitators, patrons and matrons. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 7/3/2024

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“Our Boys are better informed through our King’s Club Mentorship initiative” … Lagos DSVA

The boys of Ebute Elefun Grammar School, Epetedo junior high school, Government Junior College and Government Senior College Ikoyi have been inspired at the King’s Club Mentorship Initiative curated by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency. (DSVA)  Executive Secretary,  DSVA,  Titilola Vivour Adeniyi at the Meeting held at the S.P.A Ajibade & Co Law Firm,  said the initiative was geared towards promoting positive Masculinity among the Boys in Secondary Schools stressing the need to catch them at their youthful stage of life to which would make them cultured, prepared and well positioned in their space, for an ideal society in future.   She further said that beneficiaries of the Kings Club Mentorship Session are availed the impetus to brace up and take back what they have learnt and become peer educators and even within their environment.  “People often ask what programs we have for the boys. The Lagos DSVA has been engaging boys   since 2018 and we are committed to embarking on more behavioural mindset initiatives for our boys. “One of the ways we empower boys is through our Kings Club initiative, and we do this in partnership with the Ministry of Education. Over the period of 6 weeks, selected young boys are taken through our KC curriculum on topics such as: promoting positive masculinity, Gender Based Violence, Gender Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health, their role as protectors, transitioning from boys to men, and other soft skills such as grit, tenacity and resilience.” “We started with 40 boys drawn from 5 schools, and today we have over 2,500 kings club members across 50+ schools, and counting!” “As part of the sustainability plans for the project, the Kings Club members have begun to meet with male mentors in the society who provide guidance and share key life lessons with them and during the mentorship session, the boys can ask questions bordering on how challenges can be overcome, addressing self-esteem issues, journey to success etc.  Vivour-Adeniyi pointed out that the club was initiated to  re orientate the mindset of the students by impacting the required knowledge which is critical in ensuring the boys imbibe the culture of gender equality and equity which would  in turn ensure our society is rid of all forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.  The Boys who are members of the Kings Club met with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN)   Dr. Ajibade SAN with his wealth of knowledge and experience motivated the Kings to be diligent and committed to pursuing education with unwavering determination,  as this was key to success. He shared his childhood memories and how he overcame the various obstacles to be able to get to the very top in his chosen career. . Whilst also engaging the boys at the well defined session, Dr Ajibade revealed his journey towards becoming a successful lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and maintained the importance of cultivating a reading habit and stressed that to venture into the legal profession they must develop a passion for Law and Justice.  Ajibade emphasized that hard work accompanied by God’s grace is key to Success while he also told the students to , shun distracting vices, prioritize what truly matters, remain focused, and ultimately embrace gender equality and equity Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 20/10/2023

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Summary Update on the Kings Club Project

Background An increasing rate of the population of young people globally in developing countries indicates that the burden of National development in developing countries is increasingly becoming a huge responsibility for young people. This increasing population is also not void of challenges. Violence and crime are major features in the discussion of this becoming a category that often undermines their potentials and rights consequentially creating significant social and economic costs to societies. Nevertheless, young people are a valuable asset to their countries and investing in them brings tremendous social and economic benefits. Many young people approach adulthood faced with conflicting and confusing messages about sexuality and gender. This is often exacerbated by embarrassment, silence, and disapproval of open discussion of sexual matters by adults, including parents and teachers, at the very time when it is most needed. Few young people receive adequate preparation for their sexual lives. This leaves them vulnerable to coercion, abuse and exploitation, unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Globally, reproductive health issues of girls and women and gender-based violence directed at them have received more attention than those of boys and men; but not without good reasons. Men and women are indispensable partners in sexual relationships, marriage and family building. Still, the sexual and reproductive health needs of men beyond their roles as women’s partners have received little attention In 2016, DSVRT conducted a research on incarcerated, male sex offenders in Lagos State, Nigeria to provide a plausible means of unravelling the tactics used by sex offenders through profiling. It was however deduced that 89 of the male sex offenders which amounts to 80.9% of the study participants had been sexually abused as a child implying that they had become sexually active at an early age. This illustrates the trend of “The abused-abuser”. Some inmates lost their virginity to family members and older acquaintances who took advantage of them during their early teenage years (DSVRT, 2016). Rates of physical violence by male intimate partners against young women are also high. In multi-country studies, nearly 20% of women say their first sexual experience was forced. United Nations estimates show that globally 30% of women suffer physical violence at least once from a male partner. Moreover, rates of current physical violence are higher in the 15– 19 year age group, compared with older women ages 20–49 years old. Although the global community has focused greater attention on GBV in recent years, levels of violence against women remain unchanged (UN General Assembly, 2006). Recent statistics reveal that in Nigeria today, 1 in 8 boys would have experienced at least one violent encounter before the age of 18 and 61% of the affected boys do not know where to seek services. Similarly, the majority of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence crimes are perpetrated by boys who grow up to be men. Intervention and Outcomes In light of this, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), (which metamorphosed into the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) in September 2021) as part of its work plan for 2018, embarked on a timely intervention titled “The Kings Club… Promoting Positive Masculinity” The ultimate objective of The Kings Club project is to create a sustainable social structure in educational institutions that will help debunk socio-cultural misconceptions, promote positive masculinity, and bring about behavioural and attitudinal change in the minds of young boys in Lagos State. To this end, we sought to constitute an alliance of trained young boys in schools who would serve as peer educators and advocates of positive masculinity by partnering with the Ministry of Education to roll out programs, in the 6 Education Districts across the State. Below are the outcomes following the implementation of the establishment of the Kings Club Project in all Education Districts across the State: Going Forward We remain committed to the sustainability of this initiative. We hope to establish the Kings Club in at least 100 schools in each Education District, before the end of Y 20224. We also hope to have some private schools embrace this project. Kings Club…. Promoting Positive Masculinity Click here for a pdf version of the Summary update

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DSVRT engages boys as agents of change in ending violence against females

Members of the Kings Club project, an initiative of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency organized a debate on the topic: “Domestic and Sexual Violence; who is to blame – The Perpetrator or the Society?” This is in commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism for the elimination of violence against women and girls. Thursday’s debate which took place at the Oregun Junior and Senior High School, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun had in attendance Counsellors, Teachers and male Students drawn from Education Districts II, IV, V and Lagos Mainland Primary school students, comprising a total of 125 students drawn from about 20 schools. The different debaters canvassed their positions and ultimately encouraged members of the public and State Government to ensure Domestic and Sexual Violence becomes a thing of the past.The students from Mende Junior and Senior High School supported the motion that the perpetrator is to blame. While, those in support of the society were from Immaculate Heart Junior and Senior High School. At the end, Immaculate Senior High School won with a total of 337 points with each debater receiving a cash prize prize of Fifty Thousand Naira. Members of the Kings Club project, an initiative of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency organized a debate on the topic: “Domestic and Sexual Violence; who is to blame – The Perpetrator or the Society?” This is in commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism for the elimination of violence against women and girls. Thursday’s debate which took place at the Oregun Junior and Senior High School, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun had in attendance Counsellors, Teachers and male Students drawn from Education Districts II, IV, V and Lagos Mainland Primary school students, comprising a total of 125 students drawn from about 20 schools. The different debaters canvassed their positions and ultimately encouraged members of the public and State Government to ensure Domestic and Sexual Violence becomes a thing of the past.The students from Mende Junior and Senior High School supported the motion that the perpetrator is to blame. While, those in support of the society were from Immaculate Heart Junior and Senior High School. At the end, Immaculate Senior High School won with a total of 337 points with each debater receiving a cash prize prize of Fifty Thousand Naira. In second place was Immaculate Junior School with a total of 317 points with a reward of a cash price of Thirty Thousand Naira. In third and fourth places were Mende Senior High School and Mende Junior School with 291 and 275 points respectively. Among the panel of Judges and Special Guests were Child Protection activist, Taiwo Akinlami, the coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission in Lagos State, Lukas Koyejo, and the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi. They charged the boys to remain committed in school and use their gender to protect, promote and uphold gender equality. The ultimate goal of the Kings Club is to create a sustainable structure in educational institutions that would help debunk socio-cultural misconceptions, promote positive masculinity and bring about behavioral and attuditional change in the minds of young boys in Lagos State which is hoped would ultimately prevent the occurrence of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

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