#StateOfEmergencyGBV MOVEMENT

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Nigerians advocating for urgent actions to prevent the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence and respond to incidents sustainably, prioritising health, justice, and redress for survivors.


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About THE MOVEMENT

#sTATEOFEMERGENCYGBV

The #StateOfEmergencyGBV Movement is a movement of Nigerians advocating for urgent actions to prevent the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence and respond to incidents sustainably, prioritising health, justice, and redress for survivors.

The Movement was born on the 3rd of June 2020, following the news of the death of 22-year-old Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, who was raped and severely beaten in a church as she studied. She died from her injuries after three days. It was the tipping point for #SGBV advocates, who have long been calling for a state of emergency on sexual and gender-based violence.

#STATEOFEMERGENCYGBV ADVOCATES FOR

the domestication

of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, 2015 and Child Rights Act, 2003 in all states of the federation

Criminalisation

and prompt state-led prosecution of SGBV cases within states, regardless of requests or interference by the victim’s family or interested parties.

The imposition

of public disciplinary measures against officials of the NPF and state prosecutors that mishandle cases of SGBV.

The establishment

of Sexual Assault Referral Centers (SARC) in every state, backed with a coordinated, sustainably-funded support system.

The implementation

of functional Family Support and Force Gender Units of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) at the state level that is well equipped to address SGBV cases.


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VAPP AND CRA

VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS PROHIBITION ACT

AS AT AUGUST, 2020

The VAPP Act passed into law in 2015, is an improvement on the penal and criminal code concerning domestic and gender-based violence. It applies to violence at home, in society, and private and public spheres. The VAPP Act expands definitions of abuse to include acts against men and boys, and also protects victims/survivors of violence and punishment for offenders.

States That Have Adopted The VAPP Act 2015


VAPP Map

States That Have not adopted the vapp (2015)


THE
CHILD
RIGHTS ACT

AS AT JULY, 2020

The Child Rights Act, 2003, on the other hand, protects every Nigerian child against any form of abuse, including from child labour, early marriage, and right to primary education. Sadly, 17 years on, 11 states have yet to adopt the CRA.

States That Have Passed The Child Rights Act (2003)


CRA Map

States That Have not passed the cra (2013)


Hall of Shame - CRA - SGBV

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Since the 5th of June, civil society groups have engaged the Inspector General of Police and offices of Commissioners of Police across the states, legislators, NAPTIP, and other stakeholders. Here are some media from the engagements so far

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action

You too can make a difference! Don’t just sit on the fence or act like nothing is wrong! Let’s end all forms of violence against girls and women! Take a stand! You also have a duty to protect girls and women! 


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Educate yourself

Protecting girls and women starts from educating yourself and others about consent, about agency and proper sexual behaviour.

See something, say something

Stand up for girls and women, believe them.

Engage your representatives

15 years on, 11 states have not passed the Child Rights Act (2003). Five years after, 20 states have not passed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (2015).

Volunteer

Is there an organisation providing response services for Sexual and Gender-Based violence in your state? Give the gift of your time and/expertise to support the work they do.

Donate

Is there an organisation providing response services for Sexual and Gender-Based violence in your state? Donate to keep their doors open and their services accessible.

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