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FG to Develop Legal Procedures for Prosecution of GBV in Schools

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The federal government says efforts are on to develop standard operating procedures to create a legal pathway for the prosecution of school-related gender-based violence.

Mr Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice said this on Tuesday night in Abuja at the national close-out/handover ceremony of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative project organised by the United Nations to end violence against women and girls in Nigeria.

The Spotlight Initiative was established in Nigeria to tackle the widespread of GBV and other harmful traditional practices in the country.

This, the minister said, is to combat the growing rate of sexual and gender-based violence, and SGBV, in the country.

“The ministry has been a beneficiary of numerous programmes under the EU/UN spotlight initiatives, in partnership with UN Women, UNESCO, UNICEF, and UNDP.

“These are programmes centred on criminal justice actions at the federal and state levels. The ministry will be launching the SoP for the prosecution of GBV.

“It is funded by UNESCO under the EU/UN Spotlight Initiative; the SoP is targeted at determining and responding to GVB when it occurs in our schools.

“This initiative propels further collaboration with key ministries of Women Affairs and Justice to give rise to a more robust, real-time, and readily available pattern for a solution room.”

He mentioned that the situation room would be situated at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Justice, respectively.

(Vanguard)

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