Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law: Group Advocates for Implementation in Kaduna

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Worried about the slow implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law 2018 in Kaduna State, stakeholders in the state has raised concern over the unending violation of women and girls in the state, therefore called for full implementation of the law.

The stakeholders which consist of members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Faith based organizations, Members of House of Assembly, Women organisations, Police and the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, blamed the Courts and the Police for not putting the law into use effectively.

The concerns were raised during an inception meeting of Legal and Social Empowerment Program for Women Rights in Kaduna and plateau State, a project funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDCA), to advocate for the VAPP law 2018 which is state version of VAPP act 2015.

They noted that “despite the existence of constitutional provisions and commitments to regional and international human right treaties and conventions, the right of women and girls are grossly violated and devalued in Nigeria and many African countries.

“Nigeria is still grappling with gender equality, working on building a just society devoid of discrimination, equal opportunities regardless of sex, that can give both men and women equal voices in decision making and policy implementation.”

The project which is being implemented by Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), is to amplify and increase the demand for the implementation of the VAPP Law 2018 in Kaduna state.

WRAPA will be working with key stakeholders in both Kaduna and Plateau States to support the effective implementation of the Gender Equal Opportunities Law, and the Violence Against Persons Act (VAPP) Act 2015, respectively.

WRAPA is a leading voice in the advocacy and campaign against Violence Against Women (VAW) in all its ramifications.

The State Project Officer Barrister Bukola Ajao, who went through the law and brought out relevant sections, noted that the law is unique because of the various rights of survivors like rehabilitation for victims, health rights available for the survivors and protection order, etc.

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