By Juliet Umeh
In collaboration with the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Youth Alive Foundation and Lagos SAVE cluster, took the message of zero- tolerance for domestic and sexual violence to the streets of Lagos State in Iba Local Community Development Area recently.
The road awareness walk took off at the Iyana School Bus Stop along the major road, to the Local Government Secretariat and its environs.
With the objective to sensitize the people at the grassroots on the need to explore necessary mechanisms available through the newly established Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency Law by the government, the Coalition used the avenue to draw the line between getting justice for victims of domestic violence and exploitation of women and girls in the state.
The Programs Officer, Youth Alive Foundation and the Awareness Walk’s Coordinator, Feyikemi Fabiyi, disclosed that the project was funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.
According to her, the Coalition has carried out lots of community sensitization and Town hall meetings in different locations in Lagos State where representatives from different NGO networks, community leaders, traditional leaders and community development leaders, market women, community women, girls, and youth were made SAVE ambassadors to disseminate and to sensitize the people on the Lagos State Law, which is also one of the success stories of the cluster.
“The SAVE cluster and other volunteers were at the Iba LCDA to raise awareness about the Lagos Law on Domestic and Sexual Violence. A representative of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mr. Dayo Adetunji, addressed the issue of sexual harassment in Lagos and Nigeria at large as it continues to be a prevalent public health issue and a violation of human rights associated with so many negative consequences.
In her reaction, Executive Director, Grassroots People and Gender Development Center, Vivian Emesowum, said Lagos SAVE Clusters have been working to ensure that cases of sexual and psychological abuse are reduced to the barest minimum. She said: “The SAVE Cluster will bring about behavioral change so that we can drastically reduce the number of sexually abused victims in Lagos.”