LAGOS- In a bid to curb rising cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Alimosho Local Government Area (LGA), of Lagos State, Women’s Rights And Health Project (WRAHP) has sensitized 100 adolescent girls on how to report cases of SGBV.
WRAHP with the support from the European Union (EU) funded Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) programme managed by the British Council in Nigeria, facilitated town hall meetings across the six Alimosho Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), and had on Thursday sensitized 100 adolescent girls at Egbe Idimu Multi Purpose Hall.
Bose Ironsi, Executive Director, WRAHP who was represented by Precious Ebelechukwu, the community representative, said that the organization has been conducting grassroots town hall meetings to train people on their rights, and check if the priorities identified by the LCDAs have been met.
According to her some of them identified the police as a challenge with respect to SGBV, stressing that some community members have actually reported improvement on the part of the police.
“Also identified were issues of stigmatization, religion and culture. We want to know if they have been able to unlearn certain things in the one year that we have been talking to them. We have told community members where to go at the police stations. They should go to the Woman right police officers, Juvenile, Women and Children Units (JWC), Family Service Unit (FSU) and they shouldn’t report their cases at the counter. We also educated them against stigmatization because the fact that a girl has been raped or defiled doesn’t make her less human being. The Ireti Resource Centre is also there for them.”
She added, “We have chosen to talk to adolescent girls today, so they can go back to their various communities and pass on the message. We want them to be whistleblowers in their communities.”
Comrade Wasui Adefowope, General Secretary, Egbe/Idimu, Community Development Association (CDA) said that since WRAHP started working in the area, cases of SGBV have reduced drastically. “We have been having positive result since WRAHP came in with intervention programmes. This programme, organized for girls is apt because they are the most vulnerable. The 100 participants are representatives of various CDAs, youth wings, etcetera and they would take the message home. We also want the government to intervene in the area of access to justice. Perpetrators of SGBV should be brought to justice. We know that the government is working but it can do more to curb SGBV in Alimosho.” Adefowope said.