SGBV Advocacy

Conceal a sexual offense, go to jail for 3 years…. Lagos DSVA 

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) met with members of Ojodu LCDA’s Community Development Committee (CDC) at their monthly meeting on the 9th of July, 2024, to further propagate the SGBV Message. In keeping with the Agency’s mission to eradicate sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), the Executive Secretary, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, stressed the value of ongoing communication with CDAs.  She stressed that concealing a sexual offense is punishable under the law and could warrant a 3 year jail term and urged participants to speak up timely as required reporters when such situations occur within their community to ensure justice is served to perpetrators of SGBV crimes.  Pastor Segun Fayemi, Chairman of the CDC while welcoming the visiting delegation, gave an outline of the organization’s goals.  He expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for taking the lead and promised the community leaders’ ongoing assistance in getting rid of the menace. The Agency’s Community Engagement Representative, Ms. Opemipo Ogunse, briefed participants on the gravity of sexual and gender-based violence and outlined the reporting guidelines.  She described the agency’s services, the cooperation with the Police Family Support Unit (FSU), and appropriate reporting procedures. The  Questions and answers session allowed for interactions for community members to be very open.   Additionally, SGBV awareness materials were distributed to the attendees and were given access to the toll-free number 08000 333 333. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni  Head Public Affairs Unit  LAGOS DSVA  10/7/2024

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Lagos DSVA Engages Epe With Door To Door Activities 

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has  moved the Door to Door engagement to Epe on its continual awareness and engagement activity.  The community members were informed on the essence of reporting issues of SGBV as the timely report is crucial in investigation. SGBV Awareness was taken to Noforija and Matakobi- T Junction areas of Epe land.  The following areas in Epe were also engaged: Ajijola Anobi Mosque, Imokun Community Central mosque, Celestial Church of Christ – Apata Ayeraye Model Parish, GO Hospital, Emes Nur/Pry School, UPE Primary School, Scholars International School, Redeemed Christian Church of God, More Blessing Society Mosque, Union of Tipper Employer of Nigeria and their environs. The Agency’s mandate was shared in these communities and the need to report through the toll free line, 08000333333 was re-emphasized. At the close of the rounds, an estimated 22,000 persons were reached with the SGBV message.  Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni LAGOS DSVA 15/3/2024

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Lagos DSVA Door-To-Door Engagement Moves To Apapa LGA

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency in continuation of its Door to Door engagement to kick SGBV out of Lagos, through continual awareness and engaging the community members on the essence of reporting, has moved the door-to-door awareness to Apapa LGA. The Community Development Associations (CDAs) reached were Ire Akari, Abraham Adesanya, Marinas, Anjorin, Crowther, Marine Road Waterside, Ijora Central, Aro, Odofin, Tile Gate, Irorun and Anuoluwapo CDAs. The Door to Door engagement crew reached out to locations amongst which were Apapa General Hospital,  Anjorin market, Most High Kiddies School, Oloruntosin Central Mosque Marine Road, and other Apapa environs.  The residents were informed of the Agency’s mandate and the need to report through the toll-free line, 08000333333.The Community Development Council (CDC) Chairman, Mr. Adebiyi Nathaniel, and his council members received the group from the Lagos DSVA and assisted them in navigating through the CDAs.  The Community Engagement Officers were able to reach out to over 30000 persons at the engagement in Apapa LGA. Adejoke Ladenegan-OginniLagos DSVA 14/3/2024

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Door-To-Door Engagement Activity Conducted At Eti-Osa Lga

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has stressed the need for continual engagement for the residents of Lagos State on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, in light of this, Door to Door engagement activities were conducted at Eti Osa LGA on the 7th of March, 2024.  The Executive Secretary DSVA Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi stressed that harmful gender norms and attitudes continue to persist, perpetuating inequality and limiting individuals’ potential.  These norms dictate how men and women should behave, dress, and interact with others based on their gender. The reinforced stereotypes can be damaging to both men and women, leading to discrimination, violence, and limited opportunities for their personal growth.  She stressed that challenging harmful gender norms and attitudes is essential in creating a more equitable society where individuals are free to express themselves authentically without fear of judgment or reprisal.  With the aid of the Eti Osa Community Development Council (CDC) Chairperson, Chief Mrs. Wosilat Akinbajo Eletu Edibo and her team members, the Agency was able to sensitize ten (10) Community Development Associations (CDAs) which include: Orile Ilasan, Iroko Awe, Ilasan Housing Estate Jakande, Gbara, Mayegun, Aro, Ologolo, Baruwa, Igbo EFon and Okun Alfa CDAs and the Gbara Central Mosque.   The support services and the importance of reporting through the toll-free line – 08000333333 were related to them. Souvenirs and educational materials were distributed to the residents with an estimated number of 32000 people were reached.    Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni LAGOS DSVA 8/3/2024

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Lagos engages Religious Leaders On Sexual and Gender Based Violence 

The Lagos State government through the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, DSVA, has engaged about 200 Religious Leaders on SGBV as well as the role of religious clerics in preventing and responding to the vicious menace.  With her presentation on the relevant laws on Domestic and Sexual Violence in Lagos State, the Executive Secretary DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi opened the day’s discussion with the consideration of the Protection Against Domestic Violence Law, 2015, the Criminal law of lagos state, 2015 ( as amended)  as well as the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency Law, 2021.  She explained that the invited participants were made to comb through the laws, in order to learn the intricacies of the document and to know that one of the major aims of the Domestic Violence law is to prevent domestic violence from happening and that can  be achieved through a restraining order granted by the court.   “The truth is that sexual and Gender-Based Violence is not a respecter of age, class, grade or religion. Indeed, anybody can perpetrate it and anyone can also become a victim, so it is important to engage religious leaders from this perspective.” “We know sometimes you serve as first responders whenever issues of Gender-Based violence are reported. it is therefore important for us to let you know the relevant laws that exist and support services available that your congregation can take advantage of anytime the need arises.” Vivour-Adeniyi added that there are 22 specialised police stations in the state that can be reached on issues of Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, while informing the participants that the High courts and Magistrate courts that have criminal jurisdiction are the appropriate courts that can grant a restraining/ protection Order against an abusive partner / spouse She took the participants through the different sexual Offences related sections in the criminal law,  including section 261 which is on sexual assault by penetration.and 137 which is about unlawful sexual intercourse with a child that attracts life imprisonment without option of finesamong others. According to her “We have Protection Against Domestic Violence law 2015 as amended, that law basically seeks to prevent reoccurrence of violence by encouraging survivors to approach the court and obtain what is called protection or restraining order. We also have the Criminal Law of Lagos state which is to regulate criminal conduct. (IS THIS STILL NECESSARY?))) The Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency Law 2021 which introduced some new provisions like child pornography,  sex for grades, frustrating investigation, concealment of an offence were also considered. It is our hope that this engagement will further broaden the knowledge for participants to assert their roles on how to make a case for survivors as well as make necessary referral to relevant responder agencies and seek justice for them. The Presiding Chaplain, Chapel of Christ Delight Lagos State, Rev Dr Oladele Ajayi said that the church has been and would continue to be at the fore front to ensure several marriages that are on the verge of collapsing are restored. He said “The reality is that we have this problem around and as a pastor we have seen so many issues on domestic violence, either complaints by a wife or husband it could be emotional financial or physical abuse at some point we have to engage to the level of separation. We must continue to inform them about the laws of the land as well as the punishments that can be meted out against  anyone that perpetrates any form of abuse and people should desist form stigmatising those that have come out to speak of being abused.” The Chief Missioner Nasirullahi-li-Fathi society NASFAT, Imam Abdul Azeez Onike, said Islam preaches peace and tranquil ambience between couples and frowns at any act that can jeopardize peaceful coexistence among the people. Onike said many islamic organisations including NASFAT have been working with numerous NGOs to enlighten and advance the campaign against any form of Gender-Based violence, and prevent anything that can breed peaceful homes. He appreciated the state government for taking up the initiative that will improve family ties and bring about a perfect society that devoid of rancour, enmity and ensure sanity among the citizenry.  A continuous call for sensitization by the government and stakeholders was made as the participants advocated for an end to Domestic and Sexual Violence and also enjoined victims and survivors to break the culture of silence and escalate the case to the appropriate quarters in order to access justice.  Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Head, Public Affairs Unit LAGOS DSVA 8/2/2024

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Kosofe Door TO Door Engagement… To engage more residents..Lagos DSVA

In a bid to kick SGBV out of every nooks and crannies of Lagos State, two Community Development Associations (CDAs) , Aminu CDA and Ifelodun, were visited within Agboyi Ketu, Kosofe to further propagate the door to door engagement   the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) had embarked on. The Executive Secretary DSVA Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi stressed that the Agency was targeting 1 Million residents in the State on the Door to Door engagement to further propagate the SGBV message. The Door to Door engagement was aimed to ensure the SGBV message is engrained in all to ensure residents in the State support government in the fight to eradicate the menace from the State. It was also expedient for residents in the State to  report cases of as at when it is occured.  The DSVA team was  received by the representative of the CDA Chairman of Aminu, Engr. Badejo, Mr. Lateef Sogunro and the representative of the CDA Chairman of Ifelodun, Mr. Olafimihan respectively. Through their assistance the representatives, the Agency was able to reach the different streets, schools and churches within the communities. Over 2800 people were engaged one on one as well, flyers, educational materials were distributed and posters were hanged at strategic locations within the communities. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Head Public Affairs Unit Lagos DSVA 6/2/2024

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Lagos DSVASet To Engage 1 Million In Door To Door Engagement Activities 

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA has commenced more enlightenment campaign on Sexual and Gender Based Violence as it begins Door-to-Door engagement activity in a bid for the residents of Lagos State  to be aware of the support services they can access at the Agency. The program which commenced yesterday will run for 3 months to enable residents the ability to speak up and also report cases of abuse in their various communities.  At the door to door engagement activity today, the Executive Secretary, DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi stressed the need to re-orientate residents continually by laying emphasis on the importance of reporting through the toll free line.  – 08-000-333-333.  Vivour-Adeniyi, who was represented by the Head Community Engagement  called on all to support the efforts of government by speaking up on Domestic and gender based issues in order to eradicate the menace from the society. She emphasized that the Agency would be visiting various local government areas to propagate the SGBV message through the key relevance of reporting the cases as at when it occurs. She noted that researches and perception surveys would be carried out during the 3 months of the engagement to ascertain lasting and enduring avenues to end the menace. The places yesterday visited were schools, mosque, churches, market and motor parks in Kosofe local government. In the course of the engagement, Souvenirs and educational materials were  distributed to residents in the State. Almost 5000 five thousand, residents were reached yesterday.  Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Head, Public Affairs Unit Lagos DSVA 31/1/2024

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Lagos DSVA Conducts A One Day Engagement Of Artisans/CDC & CDA Members On SGBV

Riding on the slogan SGBV;  “NOT IN MY LAGOS!!!”, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has continued it’s Community  advocacy as it engaged artisans and CDC/CDA members on the 23rd January, 2024.  The program which had over 150 participants in attendance was done in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation as well as the Chairmen of all the Local Governments.  The Executive Secretary of the Lagos DSVA, Mrs. Titilola Vivour Adeniyi represented by the Head of Community engagement unit welcomed the participants and appreciated them for coming.  He encouraged them to actively play their role in preventing and responding to incidents of  sexual and gender based violence that occurs in their communities as they are major stakeholders in the society and he assured them that the State government remains unrelenting in the zero- tolerance stance against the SGBV and ensuring Justice take it’s course.  The Executive Director, Centre for Women’s Health in Nigeria, Mrs. Atinuke Odukoya took the first discourse which was the overview of Sexual and Gender Based Violence where she explained the various forms of abuse and the need for them to be mandated reporters in their respective communities and place of work and also assured that reporting cases was mandatory The Executive Secretary, Mrs. Titilola Vivour Adeniyi took the second discourse which was on the relevant laws on SGBV. The Protection against domestic violence law, 2015, the relevant provisions in the Criminal law of lagos state, 2015 as well as the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency Law were considered. Spoke on the infringements of the Offences as well as the punishment for each of the Offences. Mrs. Tumininu Oni took the last discourse which was, exploring existing state structures. Where she explained the holistic approach to eradicating sexual and gender based violence in the state. She encouraged participants to report any form of abuse through the toll-free number – 08000333333 of the Agency.  From the feedback received from the participants, the program was successful and the participants filled a feedback form from the agency to get their response about the program… It’s an interesting programme with superb lectures given, it will change 70% of us that attend the programme characters, kudos to Lagos State, Lagos is working. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Head Public Affairs Lagos DSVA 24/1/2024

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Lagos DSVA Organize “Men Wey Sabi” At Unity Market, Alagbado

Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has reiterated its efforts to curb Gender-Based Violence  through behavioral mindset programs, sensitizing and training of all relevant stakeholders to infuse the SGBV message whilst moving towards a complete reversal of the menace from the society. Executive Secretary, Mrs.  Titilola Vivour Adeniyi, stated this at the Agency’s awareness programme, tagged: “Man Wey Sabi” at Unity market, Agbado, said the purpose was to address Gender stereotypes in Lagos. She emphasized the collective responsibility to empower women, urging society, leaders, and residents to champion gender equality in their various domain. She said the program shines a light on men’s pivotal roles in ending Domestic and Sexual Violence in a pragmatic manner and promotes partnership in marriages. A lively cooking competition generously sponsored by Power Oil Nigeria Limited showcased culinary skills of the participants. The primary objective is to spread our message in a spirited manner, challenging stereotypes regarding men’s involvement in childcare and the essence of marriage partnership. Prince Abiodun Kosoko the Baba-Oja of Unity market, Agbado appreciated the SanwoOlu administration for ensuring that the society is conducive for both genders to thrive. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 21/12/2023

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DSVA Engages Community Development Committee Of Igbogbo Local Council Development Area.

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency took SGBV advocacy to Igbogbo Local Council Development Area on November 9, 2023, during the  Community Development Committee monthly meeting held at the Customary Court Igbogbo.  The agency’s new campaign slogan against SGBV  “NOT IN MY LAGOS!!!”,  According to Mrs. Titilola Vivour Adeniyi, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos DSVA portrays the State government  steadfastness in its zero-tolerance policy against sexual and gender-based violence and has continued to put these issues on the front burner. She told the audience that the State through the DSVA remains committed to seeing that justice is served.   Speaking through the Head,  Community Engagement,  Damilare Adewusi, Informed the audience that the Agency is operating under it’s statutory mandate and in accordance with the THEMES PLUS agenda of the State government, and gave assurance of the holistic services proffered by the Agency when cases are reported and kept strictly confidential.  Futhermore, Adewusi emphasized the importance of timely report of cases as this will assist the investigation process that would also enable abusers and perpetrators of all forms of Violence,  physical, emotional, or sexual would be held accountable by the State.   He made a distinction between the various sexual related Offences including rape and defilement whilst noting that both Offences attract the same punishment – life imprisonment. He also used the opportunity to enlighten residents on the fact that a child lacks the capacity to give consent to sexual activity and as such consent does not apply when addressing defilement or other unlawful sexual activity involving children.  He urged participants to report any abuse by calling the Agency’s toll-free hotline, 08000333333 and avail themselves with the support services that are accessible in the Agency such as empowerment, legal assistance, medical assistance, counseling, rescue, and shelter.  Mr. Abayomi Adelakun, the Chairman of the Community Development Committee commended the Lagos State Government for engaging the community with the laudable program and called on residents to collaborate with the State in eradicating the SGBV scourge from the society. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 9/11/2023

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