Sexual and Gender Based Violence

Lagos rescues pregnant widow from ejection by in-laws

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) rescued a pregnant widow from forceful ejection from her home by her late husband’s brothers. Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, Executive Secretary DSVA, made this known on Friday on the agency’s Twitter handle monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria. She said that concerned​ Lagos residents on Thursday reported the case to the agency. “We received several distress calls from concerned​ and well-meaning​ residents that a certain recently widowed woman was about to be forcefully ejected from her home by her late husband’s brothers. “The widow, whose husband died on Tuesday,  Jan. 10, has a toddler, and she is also pregnant, “The widow was allegedly beaten in the process of trying to eject her from her home. “We assigned field officers alongside officers from the Alausa Police Station, who were immediately dispatched to the home where the incident occurred. “After series of engagements with the disputing parties, we were able to restore peace even as an undertaken was made, to ensure the widow and her child were safe in their home,” Vivour-Adeniyi said. According to her, while customs and traditions are respected, the relevant laws in the state must be upheld. She commended all the well meaning Lagos residents, who insisted that justice must prevail, showing that ensuring the menace of domestic violence was a collective responsibility. The DSVA boss reassured residents of the state that Gov. Babajide Sanwo- Olu’s administration was committed to a Lagos that was free from all forms of Domestic and Sexual Violence. Vivour-Adeniyi encouraged anyone experiencing domestic or sexual violence to reach out through the agency’s toll-free line- 08000-333-333. “We are accessible any day, any time,” she said. Source: Vanguard

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Lagos DSVA takes advocacy on SGBVS to Ibeju Lekki

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency have heightened it’s awareness campaign against all forms of abuse, Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the State as it embarks on an advocacy walk in  ibeju Lekki The Executive Secretary, Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA Mrs TitiLola Vivour-Adeniyi said the Agency will not relent in creating awareness on Sexual and gender based violence as well as educating citizens in the State of  the need to report cases and perpetrators to the appropriate authorities as the onus is on all to rid the State of the menace. Vivour-Adeniyi, who was represented by the Programs Officer Ann Onyechefua said the Agency has always created awareness for the different strata of society but with the rising number of cases, awareness needs to be heightened and at the same time use the medium to educate the populace of the various State Intervention available for them to access at no cost if they are abused or violated. She said the Citizens/Lagosians need to be sensitized so as not to fall on the wrong side of the Law  while stressing that ignorance is not an excuse. Comrade Togun Olusegun Olugbenga, the Community Orientation and Mobilization Officer and Epe Local government Coordinator – Child protection Network CPN said Domestic violence could be avoided and curbed through continuous public enlightenment on National core values . He said it was a step in the right direction and there was need to protect the children. Aderonke Oyelakin of the Child protection Network commended the DSVA for embarking on several advocacy program which aims at reducing to the barest minimum all forms of SGBVs in the State.

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Lagos DSVA Engages Traditional Rulers on SGBVS Prevalence

…calls for adherence to Referral Pathway The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has  today engaged Traditional Rulers drawn from the 5 Division of the State to a round table Discussion on the prevalence of Sexual and gender based violence in the State. The Executive Secretary Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA, Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi in her address urged the Royal Fathers at the gathering to use their influence to encourage proactive measures and practices adopted by the Lagos State Government through the Agency, to ensure that Sexual and Gender-Based Violence if not completely eradicated, is brought to a barest minimum. She revealed that in the past year, the Agency recorded a total of 4860 cases via the Virtual Referral and Response Service (VRRS) and Physical report which includes Domestic Violence, Rape, Lack of Parental Care, Threat to life, Sexual Assault by Penetration, Emotional Abuse, Child Neglect/Abandonment, Child labor, Sexual Molestation and Non -GBV cases perpetrated against Adults and Children. Vivour-Adeniyi said the breakdown of cases showed that there were 2710 for adult and 2150 cases for children, however  SGBVs on women and young girls was critically heightened. She spoke further that while various factors  contribute to SGBVs,  the context of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence is based largely on patriarchal society.  She pointed out  that in the context of preventing and ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, traditional rulers are one of the strategic groups that must be considered, because they are the custodians of culture   and relate more to different segments of the population, including those who are marginalized and harder to reach and  by virtue of their long-standing presence and service in diverse communities, have come to command the trust and respect of local population.  She stressed the need for adherence to the State Government’s referral pathway So that perpetrators are held legally accountable for their actions  “It is therefore of utmost importance that traditional rulers are promptly and regularly engaged on these issues, their role in preventing and responding to incidents reported and most importantly, the need to have interface with Government. Asides from engaging the traditional rulers”. “We are also desirous of mainstreaming responseq to SGBV into their existing dispute resolution mechanisms. This would involve identifying a focal personnel in the palace whose responsibility would be to work closely with the traditional ruler as collaboration/partnership is of utmost regard” Vivour-Adeniyi said ! Highlights of the sessions included in the training were Expose into relevant laws that regulates SGBV cases in the State by Mrs Omotola Rotimi AG&PT, Ministry of Justice, Understanding Sexual and Gender Based Violence in particular the Stereotypes by Atinuke Odukoya- Exec. Director, Centre for Women Health in Nigeria and a Review of customary law practices and the role of traditional rulers in responding to SGBV by Oladele Emmanuel Temilade and the Exploring Existing State Structure and services for Domestic Violence Survivors with a key pointer to the Agency’s mandated reporting policy by the Exec. Secretary Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA, Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi . AdeJoke Ladenegan- Oginni DSVA 13/10/2022

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Oshodi-Isolo Residents Declare Zero Tolerance to All Forms Of Sexual And Gender Based Violence

Residents of Oshodi Isolo Local Government have declared a zero tolerance to all forms of Sexual  and Gender based violence in the State.This declaration was made during the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence outreach to Oshodi Isolo local government in a bid to address the rising cases of domestic and sexual violence across the State The town hall meeting themed “It’s on us to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence” which took place at Oshodi Isolo local government on Wednesday,23rd of March, 2022 is designed to heighten awareness about domestic and sexual violence amongst members of the community, inform them of the provisions of the laws and support services available for victims and survivors. Addressing the gathering, the Executive Secretary of DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi reiterated the need for all participants to see themselves as mandated reporters, charging them that if they see something, they have a duty to say something and do something. She emphasized that the goal of the outreach is to raise awareness about sexual and gender-based violence, as well as issues regarding child abuse whilst making reference to DSVA’s data over the years of the increase in formal and informal reporting of incidents of rape, domestic violence and child abuse from Oshodi-Isolo LGA. The Chairman of Oshodi Isolo Local Government, Hon. Kayode Oloyede Almaroof who was ably represented by the Vice Chairman, Hon. Mrs. Modupe Badmus encouraged people  to speak up if they are subjected to violence in their relationships in order to curb the rate of violence in the society. She added that parents especially mothers should always pay attention and listen to their children so that they can confide in them when they face abuse. At the town hall meeting, A survivor of domestic violence who pleaded anonymity shared her story of intimate partner violence of how she had experienced various forms of abuse including physical, emotional, and financial abuse by her spouse. She however revealed how she was able to overcome these obstacles with the assistance of the DSVA and has now become empowered and has  empowered others as well. She noted that all her children including the females who faced discrimination by her husband not to further their education because of their gender are now educated. Mrs. Atinuke Odukoya, the Executive Director of the Centre for Women’s Health Information, enlightened the audience on the various forms of Sexual and Gender Based violence whilst urging people to stop victim blaming as this could discourage victims from reporting incidences of violence. Rather she encouraged residents of Oshodi Isolo to be active bystanders and expose abusers. On her part, Dr Obasanya, Adolescent Focal Person of the Primary Health Care Board informed participants of the medical centres available to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Oshodi-Isolo some of which include Isolo General Hospital,  Oshodi PHC, Iyana- Ejigbo PHC, Ilasa PHC. She charged sexual assault survivors to report immediately to any of these hospital to seek medical attention for free. The meeting had in attendance over 200 stakeholders drawn from Community Development Association and Councils, Community Development Authorities, religious leaders notably the Chief Imam of Oshodi Isolo, Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, Isolo Branch, traditional rulers including his Royal Majesty, Oba Adesina, Elewu of Elewu Kingdom,  market men and women such as the Iya Loja of Oshodi Isolo,  the National Youth Council of Nigeria,  artisans, captains of industries as well as other relevant stakeholders. The toll-free line for reporting domestic and sexual violence cases (08000333333) was inscribed on memorabilia which was distributed to all participants. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of plaques to the local governments in recognition of their commitment towards ending Sexual and Gender Based Violence in their LGAs and LCDAs. Recall that the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency commenced Local Government Town Hall Meetings on Sexual and Gender-based Violence in January, 2022 at Surulere Local government. The town hall meetings would be held in all the LGAs and LCDAs across the State.

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Lagos State Governor commends outstanding officers involved in the Fight Against Sexual and Gender Based Violence

On the 30th of September, 2021, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) held its Annual Commendation/ Awards Night in the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month. This is ultimately to celebrate our modest achievements in the fight against Domestic and Sexual Violence, inspire and encourage all stakeholders to increase their efforts in bringing succour to victims and ultimately eradicate this menace in our society. The following individuals and organisations were honored for their commitment in the fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence. They received letters of Commendation from Mr. Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and commendation plaques were also presented to them:- 1. Most Responsive Police Division- Alakuko Family Support Unit 2. Most Responsive Social Welfare Office- Agege Social Welfare Office 3. Most Responsive Health facility- Ita -Elewa Primary Health Centre 4. Most Responsive Non-Governmental Organisation (Domestic Violence)- Community Women’s Rights Foundation 5. Most Responsive Non-Governmental Organisation (Sexual Violence)- Cece Yara 6. Most Supportive Donor Agency- UNFPA 7. Mandated Reporter of the Year- Mrs. Ijeoma Anyaowu 8. Recognition- Mirabel Centre 9. Special Recognition- Her Excellency, (Dr.) Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo Olu, (Office of the First Lady) The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was ably represented by the Learned Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, whilst the Deputy Governor , HE Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi . The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Raji also honoured us with her presence at the event. The Honourable Chief Judge of Lagos State, Mr. Kazeem Alogba was ably represented by The Hon. Justice Adenike Coker of the Lagos State Judiciary. Distinguished eminent personalities including the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo Olu, Wife of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, Hon. Mojisola Mac-Aulay, Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs, Lagos State House of Assembly also graced the event. Members of the Executive Council were also present at the Dinner, Hon. Mrs. Bolaji Dada, the Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Segun Dawodu, Hon. Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Education, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, the Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement. The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu led the powerful delegation of Police officers of the Lagos State Police Command who attended the event. Heads of Agencies, General Manager, LASODA,- Mr. Oluwadamilare Jamiu Ogundairo, General Manager, LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance , Mrs. Abiola. Seriki -Ayeni were also present at the event. The academia was not left out, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa and the Dean, Faculty of Sociology, Prof Olufunmilayo Bammeke were also present. The Traditional rulers were also present at the event, His Royal Majesty, Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali {Emugoriade I}, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom Igbogbo, Oba Dr. Sulaiman Adesina Raji Ashade I Oni Iba of Iba Kingdom, Iba and other distinguished traditional rulers were present. The event was compered by Mr. Gbenga Adeyinka, distinguished media personality and was attended by other eminent personalities, including members of the Body of Permanent Secretaries, the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, MS. Titilayo Shitta Bey, Directors in the Lagos State Public Service, Donor and Development Partners, Non-Governmental Organisations, Officers of the Police Force, community leaders, the media and many more influential members of the society. It was indeed a memorable night which we hope encourages all Responder Agencies to do more. Signed Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency 1st October, 2021

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