The Women Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) has engaged traditional leaders in a town hall meeting to sensitise them on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law.
The organisers intended to address the increasing cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in Kaduna communities, and believe that when the traditional institutions, which are the closest to the grassroots, are adequately aware of the provision of the law, it will assist in taming the problem.
Speaking at a town hall meeting at the palace of the Esu Chikun, the WRAPA State Project Officer, Barrister Bukola Ajao, educated the traditional leaders on the various offences, their punishments, and fines once proven guilty by a court of law.
According to her, “Some girls are still being subjected to harmful traditional practices such as female circumcision and not being allowed to inherit her husband’s property when he dies. In other places, the woman is removed from her husband’s house or forced to drink the water used to clean her dead husband.”
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Responding, the Esu Chikun, Mr Ishaku Yari, who was represented by the Secretary of the Council, Sunday Garba, assured that the message will be taken down to other locations within the Chikun chiefdom.