The British High Commission has declared that lack of statistical details and poor implementation of the relevant laws were the reasons why the incidences of violence against women is high in the country.
The Commission also called on the federal government to embark on awareness campaign on the existence of the law , adding that adequate statistics should be provided for government to prepare legal and final frameworks on how to eradicate the menace.
Communication Manager and Political Adviser, British Deputy High Commission, Mr Wale Adebajo, made the remarks yesterday at a stakeholders’ workshop/training on “Violence Against Persons
Prohibition Act, 2015” organised by the New Initiative for Social Development.
Adebajo said it was quite disheartening that most of the Nigerians, whose interest the law was passed by the National Assembly in 2015 after 13 years of its proposition, were oblivious of its existence, which he said has been scuttling intentions to tackle the menace.
“In Nigeria, with special focus in South West, there is no statistical data on sexual violence the government can work with for proper planning, institutions are very weak in rising up to tackle
the issue of sexual violence. The citizens have no access to the law.
“The political will and low capacity of actors, were also limiting the progress on actions against this problem.
“Human rights and protection of the rights of women are at the heart of British Government’s foreign policy. The UK government promotes gender equality and tackles violence against women and girl child as a matter of principle.
“We are campaigning to raise awareness, rally global action promote international coherence and increase the political will and capacity of states to do more.”
The Acting Southwest Regional Coordinator, British Department for International Development, Mrs Margaret Fagboyo, identified local customs, traditional beliefs and value system as those factors accentuating violence against women in Nigeria.
She expressed happiness that the new law comprehensively addressed medical, psychological, social and legal assistance by accredited service providers and government agencies for the victims, with their identities protected during court cases.
Fagboyo appealed to the federal government to see to the full implementation of the law, to protect the vulnerable groups.
The Coordinator of NISD, Mr Abiodun Oyeleye, said available statistics shows that the southern states top the list in sexual violence cases , with Ekiti topping the list in the southwest with an average of 6.6%.
Oyeleye called on the police to always take time and investigate all issues reported to them and strive hard to conceal the identities of the victims.

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