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Alhassan says FG Will Fully Implement VAPP Act

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan on Thursday pledged to support the full implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP), Act to protect Women and girls.
Senator Alhassan, who gave the assurance Abuja at an Interactive session aimed at popularizing the implementation process of the Act, said members of the public and lawmakers have for long trivialised the Violence against women in Nigeria.
The Women Affairs minister said with the true extent of violence against women and gender based violence in Nigeria still unknown, women and girls are generally looked down upon, resulting to the victims viewing the violence as a normal phenomenon.
While noting that some states have taken steps to improve the situation of Nigerian women and protect their human right, she urged all states to harmonize their Acts in line with the (VAPP) Act.
According to her; “Nigeria women suffer multiple forms of violence including domestic violence, rape, suicide, sexual harassment, forced marriage, trafficking and other psychological and financial oppression. Violence against women has become one of the most visible social issues in the country.
“I pledge to our next generation the full commitment of the government of Nigeria in the entire implementation process and canvass your support in ensuring that the (VAPP) Act is passed, adopted and implemented across all states of the Federation”.
Senator Alhassan called on all stakeholders to ensure that a strategic action is put in place to actualize success in the VAPP Act Implementation and therefore expressed optimism that the Act will ensure justice is done to vulnerable groups subjected to all forms of violence daily.
The VAPP Act which was assented to on the 25th of May 2015 after 13 years, prohibits all forms of violence against persons both in private and public life as well as provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment for offenders.

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