The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) is pushing for the Senate to pass a long-held bill prohibiting violence against persons in attempts to make it possible to prosecute “some obnoxious customary practises and other forms of violence which is prevalent in Nigeria today.”
In comments marking International Women’s Day, FIDA’a Nigeria chapter said it wanted the country’s legislators to “make it happen” for Nigerian women by passing the bill before the present assembly winds up, in accordance with the theme for this year’s day.The bill, labelled Violence Against Persons’ Prohibition (VAPP), is “the only holistic legal instrument that succinctly addressed issues of gender based violence, domestic violence, some obnoxious customary practises and other forms of violence which is prevalent in Nigeria today,” said the association’s president Hauwa Shekarau.
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