By Princewill Ekwujuru
THE Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), has taken the campaign against domestic and gender-based violence to the grassroots with an awareness walk held at the Epe Local Government Area of the state.
The team lead, Dr Keziah Awosika gave talks during the walk, educating the people of Epe on the Lagos State Government ‘s zero- tolerance for sexual and gender -based violence.
Awosika urged the paramount ruler of Epe Kingdom, Oba Shefiu Olatunji Adewale to warn parents to desist from sending children out to hawk especially during school hours as this act is tantamount to child abuse and punishable under Lagos State Law.
Over 300 participants took part in the walk. Admonishing participants and residents, the Coordinator of the DSVRT, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said the State Government will not rest until incidents of sexual and gender based violence are brought to zero.
”We will not rest until we eradicate sexual and gender based violence in Lagos State. We therefore enjoin all members of the community to see themselves as mandated reporters. If you see something, say it”, Vivour-Adeniyi said.
Communication materials to inform the people of their rights and the provisions under the law on violence and where to get help in the event of an incident were distributed at the event.