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Federal Government Takes Decisive Steps to Combat SGBV: Introduces Mobile Courts for Expedited Justice

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Federal Government Takes Decisive Steps to Combat SGBV: Introduces Mobile Courts for Expedited Justice

By Gyado T. Emmanuel

In a resolute move to address the pressing issue of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria, the Federal Government, under the auspices of the Ministry of Women Affairs, has announced plans to implement mobile courts. This initiative aims to expedite justice and ensure the protection of victims.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, unveiled this crucial reform as part of her ambitious agenda for her first 100 days in office. Emphasizing the urgency of the matter, she stressed the need for a more effective approach to combating SGBV.

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The introduction of mobile courts is a strategic step towards achieving justice for victims of SGBV. Minister Kennedy-Ohaneye outlined the process: “When victims report, police will come in for arrest, we will take the victim straight to the hospital to confirm and then the mobile courts come in to ensure justice is served.”

The Minister also emphasized the significance of empowering grassroots women through sustainable projects. Collaborating with women cooperatives, the Ministry aims to implement projects that can thrive independently beyond initial government support.

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Addressing the limitations of short-term interventions, Minister Kennedy-Ohaneye highlighted a shift in approach. Instead of periodic distributions, the Ministry is focused on establishing ventures for sustainable production, such as sanitary pad production units and the provision of environmentally-friendly cooking alternatives.

In a separate meeting with student union representatives, the Minister reiterated the government’s unwavering support for Nigerian women, girls, and boys. She pledged a steadfast commitment to justice in cases of sexual harassment, underscoring the government’s dedication to the welfare and safety of its citizens.

The introduction of mobile courts signals a significant stride in the fight against SGBV. Minister Kennedy-Ohaneye’s comprehensive approach, which includes sustainable empowerment and a commitment to justice, represents a pivotal moment in addressing this critical issue.


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