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Lagos collaborates with UNICEF on gender-based violence

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To put an end to gender-based violence in Lagos, the state government has collaborated with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The state’s Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Ms Titilayo Shitabey, stated this in a statement on Thursday.

Shitabey stated this during a three-day training for first responders in Lagos, which was organized by the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender in partnership with UNICEF.

She said, “This training is apt at a time when all hands are on deck in the state to eliminate gender-based violence as such violence was not only directed at the children, but also society as a whole. I implore stakeholders to continue the conversation in order to end this menace.

“Cases are daily increasing and this training must also continue in order to deal with the emotional and psychological trauma of victims and seek for them, seamless access to justice with strong signals to perpetrators that they would be made to account for their actions accordingly.”

Denis Onoise, a UNICEF representative, also stated that the session would help first responders improve their skills.

“The organisation is seriously concerned with rising cases of gender violence in the country, and this training was to improve first responders’ skills on issues of child violence, process and procedure to handle cases within the ambit of law,” he said.



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