Lagos DSVA holds 2-Day Training for Religious Counsellors On SGBV Prevention and Response


The initiative, which was in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Christian Association of Nigeria was borne out of the fact that the State recognises the indispensable role the religious institutions play in shaping belief, confronting norms and will continue to enhance their reservoir of knowledge to become better advocates for change within their respective communities.

Executive Secretary, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said in her opening, that domestic and  sexual violence in marriage is spreading its tentacles, a spiral of events which demands collective attention to combat. 

According to her “We know that religion plays a huge role in shaping mindset, directing behaviours and we also know the role of the religious clerics as well as the role marriage counsellors in different religious institutions play in promoting and discouraging perpetration of SGBV.”

“We thought it is expedient to bring them together, enlighten them about various forms of sexual and gender-based acts and equip them with skills required in their counselling duties, either during pre Counselling for intending couples or post Counselling for  married couples.”

One of Resource facilitators at the training and CEO Praise Fowowe Ltd, Mrs. Motolani Falabi, emphasised the need for the individuals going into marriage to understand their identities and what a marriage is, before picking up that responsibility and ensuring they know the building blocks that is crucial to having a successful marriage.

Mr Oladele Emmanuel  Temilade, another facilitator took the participants on the origins of Domestic Violence, marital definitions and roles and wholesomeness and preventing domestic violence.

Mrs Folasade Ajayi took the Session on Post-Marital Counselling, stressing on red flags and coping mechanisms.

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