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The National President, National Council for Women Development, NCSW, Hajiya Lami Adamu-Lau has called for the sustained and strict implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP, Act to legally protect victims and punish perpetrators of rape and violence.
She made the call in Abuja, during a sensitization walk to raise awareness on dangers of gender-based violence as part of events to mark the 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls.
Hajiya Lami Adamu-Lau, explained that the advocacy would continue beyond the 16 days of activism with collaboration with counterparts’ associations to sustain the fight and demand for the protection of women and girls against all forms of violence.
“The VAPP law should be domesticated and followed strictly so that perpetrators will be dealt with. it has been a continuous cry since 1958 to date, so we are not going to stop it. We are just celebrating these days because we are uniting with our own brothers and sisters who have the same aims and objectives.” She said
A Representative of Amnesty International, Mr. Michael Christian stressed the need for boys and men to be carried along in the advocacy against rape and gender-based violence to establish a balanced approach eliminating violence in the society.
Reporting by Azzizatu Sani; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Tersoo Nicholas