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First Lady of Lagos State urge stakeholders to support the fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence

Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the First Lady of Lagos State, has urged stakeholders, particularly Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CS0s), to support the fight against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), saying that the necessary will must be mustered to completely eradicate the menace of rape, particularly against women and girls.

In a statement released on her official Facebook Page, Mrs. Sanwo-Olu explained that the Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum (Second Phase), which was held at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja and was organized for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society groups involved in tackling SGBV crimes in the State, aimed to galvanize action among relevant stakeholders on zero-tolerance for extreme violence against women, girls, children, and adolescents.

To God be the glory, we are able to host the second phase of this stakeholders’ for designed to scale up the fight against SGBV,’ she says. We have had a series of meetings since the first forum in June of last year to identify and work on the missing links between the various MBAs and organizations.”
The meetings were crucial and eye-opening.

L-R: Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Lagos Branch, Mrs. Philomena Nneji; Chairperson, FIDA Badagry Branch, Mrs. Adaku Mbama; Founder, Media Concern, Dr. Princess Olufemi-Kayode; Executive Director, Project Alert on Violence Against Women, Mrs. Josephine Effah-Chukwuma; and Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Ibijake Sanwo-Olu, during the Second Phase of Stakeholders' Consultative Forum organised by the First Lady for Non-Governmental Organizations (NG0s) and Civil Society Groups tackling Sexual and Gender-Based Violence held at the Lagos House, Alausa,lkeja.
  L-R: First Lady, Dr. Ibironke Sanwo-Olu, during the Second Phase of Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum organised by the First Lady for Non-Governmental Organizations (NG0s) and Civil Society Groups tackling Sexual and Gender-Based Violence held at the Lagos House, Alausa,lkeja.

 

There was a lot that came out of it, and MDAs were able to combine their forces to work together. This forum is the second phase of our efforts to meet with various NGOs and Civil Society groups that are closer to the people in order to better understand their roles, challenges, and ways to support the fight against SGBV, she added.

Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, who maintains that the First Lady’s Office is known for social advocacy, said it was always painful to hear of sexual abuse cases, and she emphasized the importance of all stakeholders supporting the fight against the menace.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for SGBV. It is a lot of work, but I am confident that with the help of NGOs and civil society organizations, we will be able to complete it. The government cannot do it alone, which is why non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are critical. So, my charge to you wonderful people is to go out there and intensify your work against SGBV in our various communities, said the First Lady.

 

Lagos State First Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijake Sanwo-Olu displaying placards against SGBV at the event.
Lagos State First Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijake Sanwo-Olu displaying placards against SGBV at the event.

There was a lot that came out of it, and MDAs were able to combine their forces to work together. This forum is the second phase of our efforts to meet with various NGOs and Civil Society groups that are closer to the people in order to better understand their roles, challenges, and ways to support the fight against SGBV, she added.

Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, who maintains that the First Lady’s Office is known for social advocacy, said it was always painful to hear of sexual abuse cases, and she emphasized the importance of all stakeholders supporting the fight against the menace.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for SGBV. It is a lot of work, but I am confident that with the help of NGOs and civil society organizations, we will be able to complete it. The government cannot do it alone, which is why non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are critical. So, my charge to you wonderful people is to go out there and intensify your work against SGBV in our various communities, said the First Lady

She also congratulated the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the recent signing of the Bill creating the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, as well as the appointment of an Executive Secretary, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, to lead the new agency.

It is encouraging that the law, which also creates the Sex Offenders Register, has finally become operational in the State, and it is hoped that this will provide a quantum leap in terms of the legal framework to significantly and frontally tackle the menace of domestic and sexual violence, name and shame perpetrators, and, most importantly, provide adequate medical and legal support to victims.

The forum, which drew many members and representatives from NGOs and civil society organizations from across the state, identified the obstacles to combating SGBV crimes and proposed solutions. Participants also signed pledges pledging to increase advocacy and combat against the threat.

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