Zamfara: CSOs advocate for constant capacity- building for judges on SGBV

The network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Zamfara state has called on the state government to improve capacity-building and constant sensitisation training for judges on treatment of SGBV cases.

Chairperson of the the network, Dr Ahmad Hashim, made the call in Gusau at the second quarterly meeting of the CSOs organised by Voluntary Aid Initiative (VAI), an NGO based in the state Thursday.

The meeting was organised by the VAI in collaboration with the International Alert an NGO funded by the UK International Development.

Hashim noted that by improving the capacity- building awareness campaign of judges in courts will pave way for easy prosecution of SGBV cases in the state.

Hashim also lamented what he termed “increasing cases of SGBV in the state and stated the need for establishing mobile courts in resolving many cases with ease.

“On behalf of the network of NGOs, CSOs, CBOs in the state, we are appealing to the state government to enhance capacity- building for our judges so that the impact will promote fight against SGBV in the state.

“We are also calling on the state government to ensure full implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law as it has already been domesticated in the state.

“We want full implementation of the law, as we all know the content of the law will go a long way in the fight against GBV.”

He also stated the need for establishing GBV Survivors Trust Fund with a view to provide financial and moral support to survivors.

Also speaking, the chairperson of the International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA), Zamfara branch, Hajiya Amina Sanchi, called for more sensitisation on reporting SGBV cases.

Sanchi assured that FIDA was ever ready to provide legal and psycho-social support to the SGBV survivors.