INSIDEMAINLAND-The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) has collaborated with the Centre for Women’s Health and Information, Yaba, to commence an advocacy and sensitisation programme on domestic and sexual violence throughout the 20 Local Councils of the state.
Four councils have been covered in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive, following increasing cases of domestic and sexual violence within the state.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Mrs Titilayo Vivour-Adeniyi spoke during a sensitisation programme at Oshodi-Isolo Local Council, saying the event was aimed at sensitising residents about sexual and gender-based violence and offering support services to victims to reduce the rise in violence and defilement.
According to her, the message must get to the grassroots because the governor has given a mandate that every resident should be appropriately informed and empowered with knowledge of sexual and domestic violence and what to do if such cases arise.
“The town hall meeting has started with Surulere, Ajeromi -Ifelodun Local Council ,the third is Oshodi-Isolo council,” she said.
Vice-Chairman of the council, Hon. Modupe Badmus Aregbe, who stood in for the chairman, described the programme as a welcome development to create awareness to a lot of women and men on the privileged information about their rights. She stressed that many women are suffering in their marriages and need to speak up instead of dying in silence. Also stating that parents should treat their children so no one feels more empowered than the other adding that that’s where most cases of domestic violence start from.