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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