The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria has called on stakeholders to channel concerted efforts towards achieving effective implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP ) Act.
The FIDA Nigeria’s Country Vice President, Mrs Fatima Idris, made the call in Abuja during a stakeholders workshop on the effective implementation of the Act, tagged “The VAPP Act (2015): The journey so far and the way forward”.
Idris said the act prohibited all forms of violence, including physical, sexual, psychological, domestic, harmful traditional practices; discrimination against persons and maximum protection, and effective remedies for victims and punishment for offenders.
“For FIDA, effective implementation means improving access to justice for survivors of violence, providing voice for every voiceless Nigerian who had suffered violence in one way or another. It also means ensuring that all relevant government ministries, agencies and parastatals stand up on their roles to truncate the tide of increasing violence which have become an epidemic in the Nigerian society. There is also need to eliminate of all forms of discrimination and enhanced capacity to seek and obtain redress in all cases of violence and abuse,” she said.
She therefore called on participants to have a common agenda and concrete actions for continued progress towards effective implementation of the Act in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Chairman, Board of the Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women (LACVAW), Charmaine Pareira, noted the slow progress of implementation of the Act since its establishment in2015.
She called on groups working within and across the state to put pressure on the state to end the impunity in the manner violence against persons was being carried out.
“Effective implementation of the VAPP Act requires not only strengthening institutions but also their engagement with one another in the direction of greater gender justice,” she said.