The Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, in conjunction with the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, has called on residents of Lagos State to work together to combat gender-based violence in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Office of SDGs and Investment, Mrs Abosede George, said this in a statement on Monday during a sensitisation programme held at Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area.
She said, “To effectively combat gender-based violence, there is a need to understand the causes, forms and implications to our collective development, and the state government is intensifying advocacy efforts to ensure that residents of Lagos State become better informed on their role in defeating the appalling trend.
“Every day presents an opportunity to examine our behaviours and beliefs for biases that permit the culture of violence to continue and we must think about how we define gender and how our biases and stereotypes influence gender imbalance.”
George added that the government had embarked on strategies to tackle the violence against women and girls.
“As a government, we are making strategic and informed decisions to close the gap in addressing violence against women and girls, ensure essential services for survivors of violence are maintained during the crisis, implement prevention measures, and invest in collecting the data necessary to adapt and improve life-saving services for women and girls,” she added.