60 NGOs solicit gender-based violence free community

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A coalition of non-government organisations on the platform of Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women has begun advocacy to discourage gender-based violence in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day town hall meeting is on data sensitisation with the intervention strategy for the effective implementation of the Violence Against persons (prohibition) Act (VAPP) (2015) project in Abuja.

Mrs. Eqy Anazonwu, the coordinator, explained that the meeting was aimed at curbing the trend of sexual, psychological and physical violence meted on both women and men in the society.

She said that the meeting was in collaboration with the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme to emphasis the significance of the implementation of the 2015 VAPP Act.

‘‘The rising incidences of sexual violence, such as rape, incest, physical and mental abuse in our society is alarming.

‘‘These practices are sometimes waved as trivial issues by our law enforcement agencies which are not meant to be,’’ she said.

Mr. Adamu Mustapha, Chairman, Gwagwalada Area Council, appreciated the group for bringing the campaign to people at the grassroots.

Mustapha, who was represented by Mr. Ahmed Kassim, Vice-Chairman of the council, noted that the campaign was timely.

He said the campaign was capable of reducing gender-based violence in society.

“As we are gathered to rub minds and get enlightened on this issue, it is my desire that we will figure out how to enforce the VAPP Act.

‘‘The doors of this council are open and we are ready to collaborate with your organisation to ensure that this sensitisation campaign is successful,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the event had representatives of security agencies, traditional leaders, religious leaders, and market women, among others, were in attendance. (NAN)

– Mar. 17, 2020 @ 10:39 GMT |

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