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Gender-based violence: Action Aid seeks special court

Action Aid Nigeria (AAN) has raised the alarm over the rising cases of gender-based violence in the country, which it said the government urgently needs…

Action Aid Nigeria (AAN) has raised the alarm over the rising cases of gender-based violence in the country, which it said the government urgently needs special family courts and Sexual Assault Referral centers to address.

The AAN Country Director, Ene Obi, at a media conference marking this year’s 16 days of Activism to end violence against women, on Monday in Abuja, said that over 158,517 cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against women and children formally received in 2021 was unacceptable and must be addressed.

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She urged traditional rulers across the country to review and abolish harmful cultural practices that contributed to women and girl-child relegation in society. 

She said the way forward for Nigeria, was the earnest commitment to the VAP Act, and also establishment of special courts to try all culprits of gender-based violence.