ALL MALE WALKS in 2 areas DSVRT would be organising the first ever all male walk(s) campaigns which would take place simultaneously on the same day in Ikeja and Festac. Our aim is to engage and interact with the public, create awareness about the provisions of the relevant Laws and the steps people can take in getting help and justice. We also want to make a statement in loud terms that MEN CONDEMN SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE. The Walk would kick off from Ikeja Under the Bridge in Ikeja, at 9:00am, and participants would arrive at Governor’s Office, Lagos House, Ikeja around 11:00am. The date for the walk is Thursday, 8th of September, 2016. The walk would be flagged off jointly by the Sole Administrator and House of Assembly and participants would be received by His Excellency. The Walk would witness, Market men, officers of the National Union Road Transport Workers, National Youth Service Corp members, students from the various higher institutions, artisans, captains of industry, representatives of faith based organisations, Local Government officials, Public officials, parliamentarians, teachers, counsellors, social workers, health practitioners, all joining their voice, as men, speaking against and condemning Rape, Domestic Violence, Child abuse, Maltreatment and Neglect. This is the first of its kind in Nigeria, and we are looking forward to the positive impact this movement would have on our society.
Our target is to through this medium, involve major male stakeholders in the society to proffer practical solutions and opinions on how men can play a more active role in tackling SGBV in the society.
In attendance would be artisans, market men and women, National Union Road Transport Workers, Faith Based Organisations, Civil Society Organisations, artisans, counsellors, teachers, students drawn from higher instituions, social workers and police officers just to name a few. The venue is Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos Island, on the 15th September, 2016 from 9:00am- 1:00pm.
The outcomes and recommendations of the Symposium, would be used to shape our subsequent sensitisation and awareness campaigns, follow up actions and more importantly, propose policies which we hope would ultimately reduce the occurrence of these incidents in the first place.
Our children must not be left out during this Month of activities. Consequently, we would be having an event tagged, Children leaders of today.. Protecting their future. We would have children drawn from both public and private schools. They would be engaged on their rights, treated to a time of fun. The event is slated for Monday, 26th of September, 2016 at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, the Secretariat, Alausa.
The climax of the month of activities would be an evening of arts, expressing SGBV though arts. The event hosted by His Excellency, with participation of key players and influencers in the society who have helped in the fight against SGBV issues in Lagos State. Some of the activities include drama, poetry, art exhibitions and a documentary, all showcasing the multi-facetted impact SGBV has on the victims, the society and even the economy, and also innovative ways of tackling the issue. Similar to last year, certain deserving individuals, and private institutions would be commended by His Excellency in recognition of their outstanding commitment in the fight against SGBV.
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