By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
To further increase public awareness on Violence Against Person Prohibition Law (VAPP Law) in Ondo State, a day sensitisation programme has been organised for stakeholders .
The programme organised by the State Ministry of Women affairs and Social Development in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA )and State Primary Health Care Board was held at the Babafunke Ajasin auditorium ,Akure.
According to the organisers,the programme is to enhance the implementation through prosecution of Gender Based Violence ( GBV ) offenders, thereby reducing the act to the bearest minimum in the State.
It would be recalled that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on July, 16, 2021 signed the VAPP bill into law to end all forms of violence against person in public and private places.
To this end, the sensitisation exercise became imperative to distribute simplified version of the law in English and Yoruba languages to further understand the reason for the law and how it applies for effective implementation.
The programme has in attendance traditional rulers, Market Women leaders,top government officials, investigators and prosecutors of Law Enforcement agencies,NGOs among others
In her welcome address, the State Commissioner for Women affairs and Social Development, Dr Bunni Osadahun appreciated the efforts of the State government and continuous support to stem the tide of GBV .
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Foluke Tunde-Daramola,she charged participants to internalize the gains of the sensitisation to achieve the ultimate goal of bringing GBV in the State to the bearest minimum through efficient implementation of the VAPP Law.
The UNFPA representative from Lagos, Mrs. Uzodimma Ayodeji in her speech stated that UNFPA is poised to support activities aimed at putting an end to all forms of violence against women and girls which the VAPP Law addresses in line with global best practices.
She urged the stakeholders to continue to work together to stem the menace of GBV.
A facilitator,who is the Chairperson, State International Federation of Women Lawyers,FIDA, Mrs Jumoke Ogunjebi discussed in details the meaning of GBV, the background of the VAPP Law, the various forms of violence against persons, the distinguishing factors of the VAPP Law from other laws, the jurisdictions the law has and the need to use the law for effective prosecution.
Another resource person , Mr. Adaramola Emmanuel ,enumerated the need for effective referral system for efficient GBV response ,giving life experiences and practical demonstrations.