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Lagos women attend workshop on depression caused by domestic violence

The women discussed the several links between sexual based violence and depression.

The Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) has organised a capacity training programme on Thursday, January 27, 2022, to help survivors overcome their mental health challenges caused by gender-based violence.

The one-day capacity building workshop organised by the Ministry themed: “Depression Linked with Domestic Violence” was held at the Women Development Centre, Agege.

Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), explained that the programme was designed to help victims who suffer depression from Gender-Based Violence (GBV) achieve emotional, and financial freedom after their traumatic experiences. 

Mrs. Dada was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Oluyemi Kalesanwo who spoke on her behalf. 

“Statistics have shown that one in every three women worldwide have experienced either physical or intimate sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime, while 38% of murder cases are committed by an intimate partner. 

“From recent analysis, victims of Gender-Based Violence particularly rape, experience a depressed mood, feeling of emptiness and sadness afterwards. Therefore, there is a need to evolve strategies to enhance productivity, meaningful lives and a sustainable environment for the victims”, part of the commissioner's speech read.

The Commissioner noted that the priority of the Lagos State Government is to maintain a frontal position against all forms of violence through the several programmes that have been initiated to reduce, or totally eradicate the menace. Women are encouraged to speak up and ask for help at the appropriate quarters of WAPA if they are suffering from gender-based violence, or psychological issues related to GBV.