To mark the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Deputy High Commissioner, Peter Carter moderated a discussion on gender-based violence in Lagos State. It was aimed at raising awareness of the summit and its relevance for Nigeria.
The Justice for All programme was invited to participate in the seminar and also share some of its successes on the Model Police Station, family support unit and other gender-related initiatives. On the panel were representatives of three supported J4A CSOs. These included Itoro Eze-Anaba from the Sexual Assault Referral Center (SARC), Bose Ironsi from the Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP) and Chino Obiagwu from the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP).
The panelist shared their experiences from their various community awareness projects and current data and trends in gender-based violence, as well as work towards the passage of the Lagos State Domestic Violence Law and its implementation.
The two key issues outlined by the panelists included the challenge of the culture of silence and the issue of impunity regarding sexual violence.
At the end of the event it was noted that more support should be given to creating awareness at the grassroots on issues surrounding sexual violence.