This intervention by the Women’s Rights and Health Project has worked to increase access to justice-related services for gender-based violence survivors in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
In the bid to tackle Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in our community, the Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP) with support from the EU funded Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) program in Nigeria implemented a project titled ‘Increasing Access to Justice Related Services’ to mobilize the community for uptake of justice services for survivors of SGBV.
The project among other things has established a Resource Center (IRETI CENTER) which provides SGBV Response and Referrals, Counselling and Therapy, Community Legal Clinic, Psycho-social Support Services as a strategic intervention in tackling the increasing cases of SGBV in the largest LGA in Lagos State. In addition the project which has also trained 48 Junior Police Officers with the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bala Elkana in attendance, trained over 300 community mandated SGBV reporters from 30 social structures in the 6 LCDAs that make up Alimosho, the largest LGA with the highest reporting for SGBV. This Project has also trained 581 secondary school students(428 females and 153 males) on SGBV response and reporting pathways
WRAHP has recorded over 500 SGBV cases from communities in Alimosho LGA of Lagos state since its inception. The majority of survivors were women and children aged 3yrs-55yrs and the cases cut across all forms of violence. This project basically, addresses the challenge experienced by survivors seeking access to justice services in Alimosho LGA