Lagos government seeks end to sexual violence in Kosofe
Lagos State Government, through the State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), yesterday, held its 13th local council town hall meeting at Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in a bid to curb the rising cases of domestic and sexual violence across the state.
Executive Secretary of DSVA, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, represented by the agency’s Community Engagement Officer, Mr. Damilare Adewusi, said that the meeting, tagged, “It’s on us to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence,” was designed to heighten awareness about domestic and sexual violence among members of the community with support services available for victims and survivors by Lagos State government.
“This concept had been adopted to address the rising cases of domestic and sexual violence across the state, creating awareness about domestic and sexual violence among members of the community, informing them of the provisions of the laws and support services available for victims and survivors,” he stated.
He charged them to say something and do something if they see something. Chairperson, Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Samiat Bada, said the advocacy of the menace became necessary owing to the high rate of violence in the community with several deaths as a result of negligence and fear to speak out by some women.
“It is better to walk out of any marriage or relationship than losing one’s life as a woman. If you can change the tyre of a vehicle, definitely you can change a wrong man in your life to avoid dying there,” she said.
She, therefore, urged all residents to report any case of violence or sexual harassment to the council, admonishing women to manage their homes well and build it on a worthy foundation.
Similarly, the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Philomena Azamoso, urged residents to report any case of domestic and sexual violence within their locations.
Also, one of the facilitators at the meeting, Ibidunni Alakija-Ladapo, charged parents to speak direct languages to their children, engage them in sex education, be active bystanders and expose abusers.