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IWD 2024: Kano FIDA demands action on GBV, VAPP, Child Protection laws

IWD 2024: Kano FIDA demands action on GBV, VAPP, Child Protection laws

The Kano branch of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has urged the state government and other stakeholders to show commitment to the establishment of a special court for the prosecution of offences related to gender-based violence (GBV).

FIDA made the demand on Friday at a town hall meeting to commemorate the 2024 International Women’s Day (IWD) on Thursday at the BON Hotel in Kano, insisting that GBV prosecution does not get the required attention it required.

The chairperson of the Kano branch, Bilkisu Ibrahim Sulaiman, said IWD is celebrated as a way to “access the progress women are making in their lives globally and to look at the challenges they face”, adding that “the objective is to preserve and protect the rights of women and children in the society.”

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She called for a synergy between the government, the traditional institutions, community-based organisations and other stakeholders to work as a team to tackle the peculiar challenges of discrimination, GBV, lack of opportunities and access to justice that women face all over Nigeria.

IWD, Kano FIDA, GBV, VAP, Child Protection, laws, ROLAC, Bilkisu Ibrahim Sulaiman
Kano FIDA’s towan hall meeting attracted traditional leaders

The chairperson particularly decried the delay in the implementation of Child Protection Law in Kano State, saying the cumbersome nature of prosecuting GBV in the state requires the consideration of creating a special court.

While applauding the significance of appointing five new High Court judges out of the nine sworn in by Kano State government on the IWD, she expressed the hope that new women judges would give better impetus to the attainment of justice for all, especially women and children.

The women judges are Fatima Adamu, Hauwa Lawal, Farida Rabiu, Aisha Mahmud and Halima Nasir.

The Chief Judge of Kano State, Justice Dije Aboki, represented at the event by Justice Maryam Sabo, said her office was in the process of inaugurating a committee to look into the amendment of the law regarding GBV, and called for the collaboration of all in diligently prosecuting cases.

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Two FIDA officials, Amina O. Hussain and Fatima Ahmed said the organization would continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act sees the light of the day, as the state government was working to harmonise it with Penal Code, a process they said has been tedious.

The representative of the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (ROLAC II) at the event, Ibrahim Bello, said “We recognize the importance of the IWD and so supported FIDA to celebrate the day. We see the occasion as an avenue to discuss and address the so many issues of concern to the plight of women in our society and get the commitments of state actors to address the issues.”

The District Head of Rogo and Wamban Karaye, Alhaji Muhammad Mahraz, reminded all that the basic needs of women in rural areas are not directly related to the issues of law and courts.

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“They needed food, healthcare services, matrimonial harmony, education, support at work and businesses and others. There is the need to look inward and get solutions to all these concerns.”

Meanwhile, the Talban Gaya, Amb Dr Kamal A. Mustapha, appreciated the efforts of FIDA and assured that the traditinaol institution will continue to work towards the attainment of the general good of the soiciety.

Outcome

In a post meeting chat with Nigerian Sketch, the FIDA chairperson observed that “Some of the outcome of this meeting revealed that the only sexual referral center in Kano is without station doctors, no funders for the daily running of medicine and other services. Thus making it impossible to carry out the mandate of its establishment.

“At the same time, this makes it impossible for obtaining medical reports that would be adduced to buttress all cases of sexual abuse

“Consequently, this failure of SARC gives leeway for more sexual abuse of our innocent children both girls and boys

“The meeting concluded with clarion call for the state government intervention and the  Companies operating in Kano state as well the business community to provide support for the only SARC center situated in Murtala Muhammad Specificalist hospital and established more of its kind in all the Districts of Kano State for easy access to the public and the medical report would help in establishing of cases before the court of law.”

 

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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