The need to protect and shield citizens from violence such as killing or inflicting injuries on their spouse, children, and wards, trafficking in persons, rape, and other forms of violence, led to the passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, (VAPP ACT) 2015.
The Act prohibits all forms of violence including physical, sexual, psychological, domestic, and harmful traditional practices against persons in private and public life, and provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment for offenders.
Despite the passing of the law, experts have said that there are gaps in the implementation of the law that is making it difficult for victims of violence to get justice.
In many instances, there have been reports of poor handling of cases by Law enforcement agents due to a lack of proper training and knowledge on handling such issues. Also in the community structure traditional practices, religious practices, lack of public enlightenment, and sentiments have posed themselves as a hindrance to the successful implementation of the VAPP Act 2015.
To address these issues the FCT Social Development Secretariat with support from the Joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Program organized a one-day workshop on the implementation and monitoring of the VAPP Act 2015 with the aim of building the capacity of relevant agencies and stakeholders in the implementation of the Act and to enable them effectively perform their roles.
The Director Gender Department, FCT Social Development Secretariat, Asabe Umar who was in attendance encouraged Stakeholders present at the workshop to not just take down notes but apply the learnings from the workshop in their various spheres of work.
The Facilitator of the workshop Mr. Kolawole Olatosimi stressed that Law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders should center on the wellbeing of the victims in the handling of cases of violence against persons implemented. He also said that it would require the collective efforts of relevant agencies and stakeholders for the VAPP Act 2015 to be effective.
Story: Osen Attah
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