Kaduna State mobilises support for implementation of laws against violence

Kaduna State government on Saturday mobilised support for campaign against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

This it did using its Ministry of Human and Social Development in partnership with Aid Foundation, an NGO.

an event to mark International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, commissioner in the ministry, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, urged stakeholders to support the state’s laws against violence.

“We need everybody’s cooperation and support, especially in implementing Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Law (VAP), Child Welfare and Protection Law and other relevant laws and policies.

“We are interested in curbing violence against children, women, elderly and youth, and we are doing all we can to ensure that nobody is violated under any guise.

“We want people to know about laws and the we are providing and how to access them in event that any child or woman is violated.

“Some of the include women shelter and sexual referral centres for medical and psychosocial support for women and children that are violated, as well as justice system for prosecuting offenders,’’ she said.

commissioner appealed to religious and traditional institutions to always communicate with their subjects against all forms of GBV.

In his remarks, Executive Director of Aid Foundation, Mr Emmanuel Bonet, said that supporting women to live a dignified life was one of the foundation’s thematic areas of intervention.

Bonet said that the collaboration with the ministry to mark the 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women was being effected under its Enhancing Citizens Participation in Governance project.

He noted that most residents of the state were not aware of the of the VAP law and other laws, and policies designed to curb GBV and all forms of violence against women and children.

He said that to address the challenge, the NGO supported the ministry to produce an explanatory video as the simplest way to pass the messages of the laws to citizens.

He added that the NGO would mobilise lawyers, high profile doctors, psychologists, and other professionals to chart a way forward for strengthening the implementation of the VAP law.

“The team will help in the effective prosecution of offenders and deter people from perpetuating any kind of violence to fellow humans irrespective of age,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports in attendance the event were traditional and religious leaders, government officials, security personnel, lawyers, managers of sexual referral centres, and civil society organisations. (NAN)