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Nigerian Govt. Launches Application to Tackle Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Abel Ejikeme The Nigerian government has launched an innovative response platform that it says will aid the fight against the ever-increasing issues of sexual and gender-based violence. The country’s National Human Rights Commission

Abel Ejikeme
The Nigerian government has launched an innovative response platform that it says will aid the fight against the ever-increasing issues of sexual and gender-based violence.
The country’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), an agency that serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the respect and enjoyment of human rights, said the technology called UNSUB is a cutting edge web and mobile-based application designed to support responders to cases of sexual and gender-based violence to properly manage and resolve cases speedily.
The platform was formally launched in Abuja. Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, at the official launch said he believes the piece of technology (UNSUB) will assist the commission and her partners to upscale the culture of accountability for sexual and gender-based violence and other human rights violations.

Also at the launch was the country’s Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu, who observed that the Nigeria Police Force has recorded about 1,200 cases of rape, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation from January 2020 to date. He said the emergence of COVID-19 has contributed to the rise in reports of sexual and gender-based violence.

“Despite the challenges faced, the Nigeria Police as a major stakeholder in the fight against the menace of sexual violence and all related cases will not relent in its effort in the thorough investigation and prosecution of offenders, giving full support and encouragement to survivors of violence to break the culture of silence and give them speedy access to justice in accordance with the laws at any given time,” Adamu said.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, commended the initiative but said there is a need to proffer measures that are effective and sustainable in the light of the peculiar circumstances especially in a pandemic or sundry situations.

He said the 9th Senate under the leadership of the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan is poised towards making laws and or amending existing legislation that will strengthen the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in conformity with global best practices.

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