As part of efforts to tackle Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), as well as associated vices in the State, Lagos State Government, through the Agency for Domestic Violence and Sexuality (DSVRA), recently hosted a symposium to address some burning issues. .
The symposium on the theme, Intergenerational Conversations; Drivers and Triggers of Sexual and Gender-Based Violenceâ¦ Charting a Way Forward, brought together faith-based organizations, community leaders, CDAs, CDCs, NGOs, University of Lagos students and members of the National Youth Service Body (NYSC).
Speaking at the symposium, DSVRA Executive Secretary Titilola Vivour Adeniyi revealed that the main purpose of the event is to provide a platform where young and old alike are engaged in a conversation that involves them. causes, factors and triggers of sexual and gender-based violence.
Speaking further, Adeniyi said the forum is an opportunity to question the cultural norms of society and other factors that encourage the perpetration of domestic and sexual violence.
âAt the end of the conversations, we sincerely hope that both generations will be guided in charting a course for the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. ”
The Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Titilayo Shitta Bey, who was represented by the Director of the Citizen Mediation Center, Abiola Oseni, highlighted the various efforts made by the state government to provide a comprehensive response to the incidents of domestic and sexual violence.
Shitta-Bey concluded by reiterating the need to offer real and practical solutions to tackle the root causes of sexual and gender-based violence, which would ultimately lead to prevention.
Keynote speaker and dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, Akoka, Professor Olufunlayo Bammeke, highlighted the different triggers, causes as well as proposed solutions, some of which include empowering boys and girls, pre-counseling marriage and life skills, behavior change education programs, private sector engagement in anti-GBV programs.
Nyma Akashat-Zibiri moderated the panel discussion and the panelists included Victor Okpala, Halimat Oshun, Commissioner, Lagos State Audit Commission, Kafilat Ogbara, Eng. Ajibade Oke and Micheal West. The panelists concluded that there is a need to continue conversations on sexual and gender-based violence. In addition, they recommended that religious leaders, community leaders, guardians and traditional leaders work with the government to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.