13 June 2014

Nigeria: Pass Bill Against Sexual Violence Now, WRAPA Tells Senate

The Senate has been called upon to expedite the passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill and prevent the rising incidence of sexual and domestic violence across the country.

The call was made yesterday by participants in an FCT stakeholders' meeting on sexual violence organised by the Women's Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) in collaboration with Ipass, where they lamented that the passage of the bill has been unduly delayed.

Secretary-general of WRAPA, Mrs Saudatu Mahdi who spoke with LEADERSHIP Friday lamented that the bill spent 11 years before it was passed in the House of Representatives, adding that the stakeholders in the campaign against sexual and domestic violence are hoping that the Senate will not delay the passage of the bill into law any further.

"It took a long time, 11 years, before it was passed in the House of Representatives. It was in the 12th year that we got it passed. We want to believe that we will not take that length of time at the Senate. It was transmitted to the Senate in 2013 and our sincere aspiration and hope is that this seventh assembly will not roll up until the bill is passed into law.

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