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Minister advocates speedy prosecution gender-based violence cases

Data from the sexual and Gender based violence, SGBV situation room of the Federal ministry of women affairs has revealed that out of over three thousand reported cases of sexual and gender-based violence in six spotlight states, only 11 have been convicted.

This was made known in Abuja, at the inauguration of the Strategic Knowledge Management National Technical Working Group on Sexual and Gender- Based Violence by the ministry and its partners under the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls.

Speaking on the high disparity between reported case and convicted ones, the Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen expressed displeasure on the slow pace of the dispensation of justice for victims and appealed to the judiciary to be proactive in prosecuting cases of sexual and gender-based violence.

“it is unacceptable that out children, our women will be so abused molested and then when cases are reported not much has been done. We can no longer accept this; all hands must be on deck. It is not just the ministry of women affairs that is handling this. It has exposed the justice system’’. She said

She further stressed that the technical working group was to further contribute to the National Statistical system to produce reliable, and timely SGBV data that responds to gender relations in divest sectors.

The Data Manager for GBV in the ministry, Mr. Sunday Sanusi-Agbabiaka explained that about 742 open cases of SGBV were still in court while 188 case were closed by the family members of the victims which has called for the need to intensify advocacy for rape cases to be prosecuted by the states.

The Representative of the World Bank, Michael Ilesumi commended the responsiveness of the ministry in addressing the rate of SGBV and called for the need to incorporate referral center into the situation room to assist civil society organisations work with accurate data in addressing cases when reported.  

AZIZATU SANI

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