Nigeria To Set Up Mobile Court For Gender Based Violence
By Modupe Aderogba
The Nigerian Ministry of Women Affairs says it will set up mobile courts for quick dispensation of justice for victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye made this known during an interaction with Journalists at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, the nations capital.
She stated that “the Mobile Court will be in collaboration with the Attorney General of the Federation, the Minister of Justice, the Nigerian Governors Forum and the Security Agencies to have innovative ways to enforce Violence Against Persons Prohibition Acts, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence as well as Female Genital Mitigation.”
In her words, “The Mobile Court will be created for Gender-Based Violence and Child molestation, the victims will report to the Ministry and the Ministry will go to the Mobile Court for Justice.”
Women and Girls
Meanwhile, the Ministry in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment has opted to “encourage Women Groups to form Cooperatives registered with the Ministry so that the Ministry can empower them with different production machines to boost Nigeria’s economy, livelihood of Women and nation building.”
She added that the Ministry has decided to make life easier for rural women by providing them with Charcoal burners and bio-gas stoves which are cost-effective.
The Ministry noted within 100 days, it will set up Sewing Houses to produce local fabrics which will be exported to other countries.
Kennedy-Ohaneye said that the sanitary towels the Ministry usually gives to students will now be transformed into a setting up “Sanitary Pad Production Centre” as the old method can no longer be sustainable.