Security officials have been urged to cooperate with social workers by providing assistance to survivors of Gender based Violence (GBV) in getting justice.
Speaking at a one- day training on GBV for LGs/LCDAs HOD on Women Affairs Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) and CSOs organised by Lagos State Government with support from Joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon.Cecilia Dada, said most social workers get discouraged with the attitude of security officials when attempting to help victims.
“Already, the state govt. is collaborating with security officials as we have Gender Unit desk in all the police stations in the state thereby ensuring that perpetrators are brought to book, but police need to play their part,” Dada said.
She also enjoined victims of GBV to speak up and speak out because failure to do so can lead to their death.
The essence of the training, according to her, is for participants as focal persons at the LGs and LCDAs to help women at the grassroots level to be empowered to counsel and encourage those who are victims to make the next move in order not get discouraged.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Oluyemi Kalesanwo, said proper education and awareness on the part of family members is necessary in ending GBV.
“Bear in mind that domestic violence case is a case against the state, so allow the state to handle it” said Kalesanwo.
Speaking on standard operating practices for GBV, the Assistant Director, Child Development, Ministry of Youth & Social Development, Mrs. Funmilayo Peter-Popoola said the first contact case in a GBU case can either make or mar the case.
“As focal persons and Social Workers at the grassroots, you need to access the survivor”s needs and take the necessary steps to address it, said Peter-Popoola.
“Aside taking proactive steps in addressing gender based Violence, men should be at the forefront” said Barr.
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