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FIDA lauds Gov over VAAP implementation

By Josephine Oguntoyinbo

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The Chairperson, international Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ondo State Chapter, Mrs Catherine Olajumoke Ogunjebi has commended the state government for implementing Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law,  2021.

She also commended the Governor of the State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Wife, Chief ( Mrs) Betty for their passion and political will.

According to her, the legal framework to ensure that people live free from all forms of discrimination, violence and abuse in the society is applaudable.

She gave the commendation while delivering a lecture on VAPP implementation strategy in Akure.

She  posited that the establishment of the State Agency Against Gender-Based Violence will go a long way to fastract the fight against the menace in the State.

Ogunjebi said that Gender Based Violence can be presented in various forms, therefore identifying each form in each case is pertinent to addressing the problem effectively.

She informed that the VAPP law which prohibit violence, punish offences and protect victims is not gender based, but  for everyone irrespective of gender, status or class.

She reminded participants about the salient innovations in the law which are, creation of offences which meet the current realities, realistic punishments, jurisdiction of court and procedure for protection order.

She highlighted other innovations to include, creation of sexual assault referral centers, creation of sexual offenders register, creation of an Agency to implement the law among others.

She noted that offenses like rape, indecent exposure of genital organs, willfully placing a person in fear of physical injury, female genital mutilation, harmful widowhood practices, spousal battery among other offenses penalties ranges from life imprisonment to community service.

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while saying identifying and punishing a crime is not the only way to do justice in case of GBV,she advised that justice to the victim can be achieved through counselling, capacity building through skills acquisition among others.

She identified strategies to be employed in implementing the provisions to include training of handlers and enforcers of the law, stakeholders engagement meetings to facilitate community acceptance of the law, and public awareness at all levels of the society, including the Media.

She equally harped on the need for the welfare and social rehabilitation of victims and funding as part of the strategic plans in achieving the set goal.

 

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