DOHS Cares Foundation Kicks Off Club to Tackle School Related Gender Based Violence in Lagos State

On the occasion of the 2023 international day of the Girl Child, 11th October 2023, A Non Governmental Organization, the DOHS Cares for Vulnerable Women and Children Foundation has created a new Club and Society across Government Secondary Schools in Lagos State called Club Therapy. The Organization carried out Sensitization activities in Bola Ige millennium Senior Secondary School,  Express-way Senior Secondary School and Reservation Senior Secondary School on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Menstrual Health Hygiene and Mental Health and Wellness Initiatives for the Girl Child.

The founder of DOHS Cares Foundation, Ololade Ajayi described Club Therapy as a Bibliotherapy Club which will use Literature to address Societal ills and dismantle stereotypes. The club features students and counselors who will be fostered on human rights advocacy and supplied with materials to talk about GBV, Mental Health And Menstrual Health Hygiene.

Having  witnessed several incidents of mental health issues as well as some forms of gender based violence in the past, the students  disclosed their elation about belonging to a  club where they are proffered with solutions to address to help address these issues by themselves by dispelling myths about mental health and menstrual periods answered as well as disseminating information to others about gender based violence.

One of the students, Umeano Peace of Reservation High School said that her takeaway from the sensitization was that abusers should always be blamed instead of survivors so as to encourage speaking up against abuse and that she wishes to be able to advocate for other girls in the future just as DOHS Cares has done for them. She was assured by the DOHS Cares team that that is their aim and that she will even surpass their strides in the nearest future.

Club Therapy members are expected to come up with a project of their own at the end of the session to determine the impact of the club.

The Project is expected to be repeated across several schools in different local government of the state.

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