UNIC and partners initiate HeForShe campaign in schools

Within the framework of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence and the United Nations’ HeForShe campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Education and Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment (S.M.I.L.E), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has led the initiative to propagate the HeForShe campaign ideals in schools.No to Abuse
Speaking to a mammoth crowd of over 1,700 students, teachers, NGOs and media representatives yesterday at the open ground of Babs Fafunwa Millennium Senior High School, Ojodu Lagos, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olufunke Oladunjoye pledged the support of the State for the HeForShe campaign and urged boys to respect the right of girls and stop any form of violence against them.Envera and the performers
Represented by the Director, Policy, Planning, Research and Statistics in the Ministry, Mrs Christiana Sofolahan, the Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the government to ending violence against women and girls.
In her remarks, the Tutor-General and Permanent Secretary in charge of Education District VI, Mrs Iyabo Osifeso, called on male students admonished the students, male and female, to desist from any act of gender-based violence, adding that culprits would be disciplined accordingly.Dignitaries
The event which featured several dramatic presentations on gender-based violence, also had the Senior Public Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Envera Selimovic, who beseeched the boys to see girls as their sisters and women as their mothers. She noted that women and girls have a right to live free of violence.HeForShe - participants 4
The National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, had earlier provided a background on the HeForShe campagn stressing the need for boys to speak up for girls; the need for men to commit to ending violence against women and girls; the need for all to unite to end gender-based violence.Dignitaries saying No to violence
The Executive Director of S.M.I.L.E., Mrs Bimpe Bamgbose-Martins, in her closing remarks, reiterated the commitment of the organization to end violence against women and girls as well as developing disciplined and enterprising youth.