Group seeks collaboration with Enugu justice reform team on SGBV

A human rights based organisation, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Justice Network (SJN), Thursday, sought collaboration with the Enugu State Justice Reform Team, to establish the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law in the state.

The group also sought not only the establishment of VAPP committee but also its implementation.

The group is made up of Lawyers Alert; Legal Awareness for Women; National Association of Women Journalists in Nigeria; League of Women Voters; Ikra Foundation for Women and Youth Development; Agbani Farms and Community for Self-Reliance and Development.

Addressing Enugu Justice Reform Team at the occasion, the Legal Programme Officer with Lawyers Alert, Solumtochukwu Ozobulu, explained that SJN was seeking for partnership in engaging the relevant bodies in the state towards the establishment of a regulatory body to oversee the implementation of VAPP law in Enugu in line with section 40 of the VAPP law.

Ozobulu said SJN as a network is advocating a project towards aiding justice reform, adding that victims of sexual and gender-based violence are suffering and should access justice immediately.

She said that the SJN working in synergy with the Justice Reform Team would ensure a speedy dispensation of Justice for victims of Sexual violence.

Also speaking, the SJN coordinator, Obiegue Margaret, said SJN was advocating for the implementation and activation of VAPP law in and Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJ) law towards speedy justice delivery to victims of sexual and gender-based violence, SGBV.

Obiegue also said that SJN “is advocating for the establishment of VAPP committee and the strengthening of Sexual Assault Reference Centre (SARC).

Head of the Enugu State Justice Reform Team, Mrs. Justina Offiah said that they already have a monitoring team in place against gender based violence.

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