As part of its ongoing efforts to combat all forms of domestic and sexual violence in Lagos, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) held its monthly Local Government Meeting in the Local Government Area of continent to sensitize residents against sexual and gender-based violence. violence-based violence (SGBV) in the state.

Speaking at the forum, DSVA Executive Secretary Ms. Lola Vivour-Adeniyi said the public meeting themed, “It’s up to us to end sexual and gender-based violence,” is the fourth from the series of Local Government Public Meetings aimed at sensitizing grassroots members of the community.

She urged participants to see themselves as active bystanders charged with the responsibility of reporting cases of sexual and domestic violence in their neighborhood, reiterating the need to educate members of the public regularly about the different forms of SGBV.

For her part, the Executive Chairperson of Lagos Mainland Local Government, Hon. (Ms.) Omolola Essien, assured participants of the commitment of the local government to ensure that all relevant stakeholders work together to rid the Lagos Mainland LGA of the threat of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Also contributing, the Chairman of Yaba Local Government, Hon. (Dr.) Kayode Omiyale, represented by Mr. Michael Olufemi Babalola, the Head of Human Resources, reassured the participants of his administration’s commitment to ensuring that Yaba eradicates all forms of sexual and gender-based violence in the community .

In his remarks, Denton Divisional Police Headquarters Divisional Police Officer Ebute Metta, SP Joseph Egwuonu encouraged local government area residents to report incidents of SGBV as police personnel are regularly trained on how to respond to such cases.

Also speaking at the forum, the Child Protection Network Coordinator, Ms. Ronke Oyelakin; Center Director, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), Dr. Aniekan Makanjuola and Medical Officer of Health, Mainland LGA, Dr. Yesufu Baqiah educated all participants on the effects of sexual and domestic violence on victims as well as on society in general. , informing that the state government has made resources available to support the victims.

They therefore urged everyone, including victims, to call the toll-free number: 08000333333 to report cases of abuse. Authorities, market men and women, religious leaders, community leaders, craftsmen and captains of industry among others.

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