Participants At WRAPA-SOAWR Meeting Seek simplification & translation Of VAPP Act
Stakeholders at the WRAPA-SOAWR project inception meeting conducted in Kaduna state, on the 27th of July have called for simplification and translation of the VAPP Act into local languages.
The meeting took place on the 27th of July to roll out the project, cultivate new partnerships and leverage on existing structures.
Participants also agreed that major obstacles to the VAPP act in Kaduna state are the religious leaders using religious text to justify violence and shield perpetrators.
WRAPA is currently implementing a project funded by SIDA & SOAWR, to ensure that African women and girls realize their rights as guaranteed in the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.
The project aims to increase and amplify the demand for the implementation of the Women’s Protocol using the instruments of the GEO Bill and the VAPP Act in Plateau and Kaduna States, respectively, in compliance with the African Women’s Protocol at both national and regional levels.
Despite the existence of constitutional provisions and commitments to regional and international human right treaties and conventions, the right of women and girls are grossly violated and devalued in Nigeria and many African countries.
Nigeria is still grappling with gender equality, working on building a just society devoid of discrimination, equal opportunities regardless of sex, that can give both men and women equal voices in decision making and policy implementation.
In 2004, Nigeria ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (African Women’s Protocol), thereby taking the first step towards expanding the scope of protection for women’s human rights in Nigeria, and in particular violence against women.
The African Women’s Protocol is one of the several international instruments Nigeria ratified, which provides measures to be taken to improve the promotion and protection of women’s rights.
Earlier international statutes include the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Declaration on Violence Against Women.