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First Lady Advocates Establishment Of Special Court For Perpetrators Of Gender Based Violence

The First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari has called for the establishment of a special court to expedite prosecution on Gender Based Violence against women.

She made the call in Abuja at the opening of the second annual conference of the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum with the theme: Sustaining Action On The State of Emergency Against Sexual And Gender Based Violence.

Hajia Buhari maintained that the establishment would speed up Justice and punish perpetrators of rape and other violence against women.

The first Lady also stressed the need for state governments to remove all hindrances against girl child education.

The Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi reiterated the forum’s commitment in supporting programmes that would advance the course of women in the country.

Dr Fayemi who aknowledged the role played by the Governors’ Wives in ensuring implementation of campaign promises said state governments would make resources available to implement their various initiatives aimed at ending violence against women and girls.

Governor Fayemi promised to meet with the Six State Governors that are yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act for necessary action.

Earlier, the Chairperson, Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum Mrs Bisi Fayemi while highlighting some of the challenges facing the organisation called for the establishment of Gender Based Violence Survivors Fund to enable the Forum identify with victims and raise awareness.

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Mrs Fayemi maintained that the Forum would continue to collaborate with Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as development partners to protect the rights of women in the country.

In a remark, Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen urged governors to ensure that more women were elected into elective positions in the 2023 general election.

She commended the unity among the governors wives by declaring a state of emergency on violence against sexual and gender based violence and reiterated that her ministry was working with the Federal and States ministries of Justice as well as the Civil Society Organisations to ensure women emancipation.

The conference provided the opportunity for some states governors’ wives to highlight some of their achievements at the state and community level.

Kayode Oyedare/Abuja

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