Archive Nigeria: Increase in violence, a concern

Nigeria: Increase in violence, a concern

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The International Federation of Women Lawyers, Nigeria, has expressed concern over the increase in violence against women, especially rape, sexual assault, female circumcision and genital mutilation in the country.

Its National President, Hauwa Shekarau, who stayed this in Abuja, appealed to the media to lead the fight against all harmful and discriminatory practices on women, children and other persons.

Shekarau called for the effective implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, twenty-fifteen, and its domestication in the states as well as total compliance with the NAPTIP Act.

According to her, the Act is a legal frame work borne out of genuine desire to address the high incidences of violence against women and prohibit female circumcision and genital mutilation.

She said the law frowned at forceful ejection from home without due legal process; forced isolation or separation from family and friends, and emotional, verbal and psychological abuses.

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