State governments have been charged to quickly pass the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act.
The group also endorsed the establishment of sexual offenders’ register to protect children and women.
The appeal was made by the Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI) on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
PCI national, Bar. Esther Uzoma, said that state governments need to demonstrate their commitment against the rising cases of violence and sexual abuse of women by passing the VAPP Act.
The VAPP was passed into law by the National Assembly in 2015.
In a statement she issued on the significance of the day, Uzoma said that beyond calling attention to violence against women, it reinforces the commitment of governments, civil societies and the citizens to check the historical abuses of women.
Uzoma said: “It is urgent and imperative that state governments do the needful by passing and domesticating the VAPP Act if the issue of violence and sexual abuse of women has to be addressed at the state level.
“Most abusers walk away because at the state level, there are no far-reaching laws to deal with the cases of abuse, violence and sexual exploitation of women including minors.
“No society makes meaningful progress without taking women along; protecting and giving them a voice. It is to this end that we at Proactive Gender Initiative support wholly the idea of a sexual offenders’ register so that those who have taken to abusing and exploiting our children can leave in the hall of infamy all the days of their lives,” Uzoma said.
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