Niger holds public hearing on bill seeking law on gender based violence

08, September 2020 By Abdulkadir Mustapha, Minna

The need to establish quick response centers for victims of Gender based violence has been advocated.

The Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development in Niger State, Hajiya Fati Tasalla Marafa made the call at a public hearing on a bill to protect and prohibit violence against persons in private and public life held in Minna, the state capital.

Hajiya Fati said the establishment of a quick response center would provide victims accelerated justice

She added that it would also allowed them speak up to the right authorities instead of character of silence that has been a major setback in fighting the menace.

The chairperson, Niger State House  Committee on Women Affairs Hajiya Binta Mamman explained that the main aim of the bill was to provide stiffer penalties for offenders.

She maintained that there was also a provision for compensation to be paid to victims.

The Chairperson, Niger State law reform Commission Hajiaya Aisha Galadima Gana, emphasised the need for State to avoid duplication of laws on gender based violence to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

The public hearing on the bill attracted various stakeholders who came up with suggestions on ways to make the proposal a reality.

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