Lagos empowers 310 female students on sexual, gender-based violence
The Lagos State Government through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Response team (DSVRT), also known as Domestic and sexual violence Agency (DSVA) has empowered 310 secondary school female students against sexual and gender-based violence in the state.
Also DSVA has launched a timely intervention called, ‘Queens Club Initiative’, in response to increasing cases of sexual and gender-based violence in the state.
The initiative, launched in partnership with the Ministry of Education, is to create a sustainable social structure in educational institutions that will help debunk socio-cultural misconceptions, dismantle patriarchy, encourage gender equality, bring about behavioural as well as attitudinal change and ultimately raise empowered girls.
Speaking at the induction ceremony of 310 girls into the Queens Club, at Ikeja Senior Grammar School Hall, Bolade, Oshodi, the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu commended efforts of the DSVA in ensuring attitudinal change in the society.
She urged members of the newly inaugurated Queens Club to see themselves as ambassadors and change agents. She stated that by virtue of the knowledge they have received, they have become peer educators and would be able to affect the desired change required for a better world.
Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Sherifat Folashade Jaji, who was represented by Mrs. Shonibare, Director, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, urged the students to continue to strive for excellence and champion a world free of all forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, noted that over the course of six weeks over 300 secondary school students, drawn from 31 schools in Education District 2 & 6 have been exposed to the Queens Club curriculum.
At the end of the programme, the girls were exposed to modules on sexual and reproductive rights and health, femininity, sexual and gender-based violence, anger management, grit, resilience & tenacity and transitioning from girl to woman.
After taking the pledge of allegiance, the students were subsequently inducted into the club and awarded certificates as well as identity cards to validate their induction into the club.
In a bid to show gratitude for their sacrifices, selfless service and for a job well done during the course of the six weeks training, the various mentors and facilitators were presented with plaques and certificates. The Queens Club initiative would be replicated across all Education Districts in Lagos State.