Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women calls for zero tolerance to Sexual and Gender Based Violence
By: Femi Oyelola
The Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women (LAWN ) has called for zero tolerance to perpetrators of Sexua and Gender Based Violence SGBV and urge Communty to identify and name people involved, including those supporting them, saying this will mitigate the incidence of SGBV
The Technical Advasor of the Group, Barrister Rebecca Sako-John made the assertion during the flags off of 16 days campaign against Sexual Gender-based violence held in kaduna North West Nigeria on 25th November 2020.
Barrister Sako-John also urged
Nigerians to expose all cases of violences against women and Children which is on the increase and allow the law to take its course.
She said if perpetrators of the evils act against women and children are exposed and the law take its course,it will serve as deterrance to other perpetrators
Sako -John commended kaduna State Goverment for setting up some facilities to help SGBV.
This facilities According to her includes Sexual Assault and referral centres in Gwanna Awan hospital, Yusuf Dantshoho hospital, Gambo Sawaba hospital Zaria and Sir Patrick Yakowa hospital Kafanchan for testing, pyschosoical support and referral.
” Kaduna State had a half way shelter for temporary shelter for girls and women survivors while efforts are being made for the establishment of a family court to handle some related cases.
“The State has also budgeted for a forensic laboratory, the first of it’s kind around to aid investigation of SGBV cases.
‘Let us expose all cases of violence against women and girls or boys which is on the increase and allow the law to take its course. That way, it would serve as a deterrance to other perpetrators”, She said
The Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women with some Civil Society Organisation CSOs partners join the campaign tagged to “orange the World ” which will last for the next during the 16 days
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and is a threat to millions of girls and women online and offline. It affects women regardless of their age, background, or level of education
. This violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or psychological violence, as well as economic abuse and exploitation.
The 16 days between 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and 10 December, Human Rights Day, are known as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
It is also a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The color orange symbolizes a brighter future, free of violence. It also serves as a means of demonstrating your solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence and it is therefore used as the color of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.