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NBA-HRI Launches 16 Days Activism Urging Full Implementation of VAPP Act Against Gender-Based Violence

In commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, 2023, the Human Rights Institute of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA-HRI) issues a compelling call to action. Their press release marks the beginning of the 16 days activism period, during which they emphasize the urgent need for the full implementation of the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 in Nigeria. Highlighting the alarming gaps in adoption and enforcement across states, the NBA-HRI advocates for a comprehensive approach, urging governments at federal and state levels to prioritize the fight against gender-based violence. With a specific plea to pass the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill, the NBA-HRI aims to address discrimination against women comprehensively. Throughout the 16 days of activism, they commit to daily reminders on the societal impact of violence against women, stressing the crucial role of government institutions in curbing these issues. The press release underscores the need for specialized departments, desks, and courts dedicated to prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes, positioning the NBA-HRI as a crucial ally in the pursuit of justice and the elimination of violence against women and girls in Nigeria.

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