Advocacy and Capacity Building for Effective Reporting of Gender Based Violence
Women’s Rights and Health Project on Monday 18th May 2015 launched its Justice for All (J4A) programme titled Advocacy and Capacity Building for Effective Reporting and documentation of Gender Based Violence in Ejigbo and Igando-Ikotun LCDAs of Lagos state. WRAHP through this program aimed to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement officials in 6 selected police stations in Ejigbo and Igando-Ikotun LCDAs to respond to reports of Gender Based Violence through effective documentation, reporting and investigations of cases brought before it to increase chances for successful prosecutions of offenders.
The programme created massive awareness on the Lagos state Domestic Violence law 2007 simplified by WRAHP. Some of the project outcomes includes:
- Increased capacity of 36 police officers on effective investigation and documentation of GBV cases across 6 divisional police stations in Ejigbo and Igando LCDAs.
- Increased reporting of GBV cases to the police from the community,
- Increased number of cases brought to the notice of the trained men by community members community structures,
- Increased capacity of 100 men from divers community based social structures on the law and rights of men and women, and effective community mobilization
- Increased capacity of 54 teachers from 30 education institutions in handling GBV cases within Ejigbo and Igando-Ikotun LCDAs,
- Distributed over 20,000 copies of the WRAHP simplified Protection against Domestic Violence Law 2007 of Lagos State,
- Sensitized more than 24,000 community beneficiaries through peer-to-peer and other communication channels,
- increased number of cases reported/referred to WRAHP’s Centre,
- improved willingness of the Media to report GBV incidences
- Increased cases referred to the police, Office of the Public Defender – Lagos State Ministry of Justice, the Citizen’s Mediation and Mirabel Centre.