Ipas trains Welfare officers on SGBV in Adamawa

The Ipas, Nigeria Health Foundation, an NGO, has trained 21 local council protection officers, on their role in the implementation of the violence against persons prohibition law to address GBV in Adamawa state.

The VAPP law signed into law 2021 in the state, stipulates a fine of N500,000 over harmful widowhood practices, offensive conduct and a register of convicted sexual offenders must be kept and made open to the public also prohibits genital circumcision for women in the state.

Mr Lucky Palmer, Country Director, in his remarks said the workshop was organised to sensitize protection/social workers on their role in the implementation of the violence against persons prohibition law in Adamawa State.

The Executive Governor of the State Ahmadu Umar Fintiri assented to the VAPP law in 2021.

The law seeks to eliminate and prohibits all forms of violence against persons in public and private spaces and to provide maximum protection and remedies for victims.

The protection officers play an essential role in ensuring access to justice and comprehensive medical care for victims of GBV, hence the training.

GBV is a strong program area for Ipas Nigeria health foundation .

Ipas have worked in several states to support the passage of the VAPP law, dissemination of the VAPP law, development of the standards and guidelines for the medical management of victims of GBV and the training of law enforcement agencies in the management of victims of GBV.

The training is targeted at women and girls because of the huge consequences of GBV, leading to HIV, STis and unwanted pregnancies resulting to death of the victims.

Palmer, noted that, the protection officers play an essential role in ensuring access to justice and comprehensive medical care for victims of GBV, hence the training.

At the end of the training, ministries and CSOs develop an action plan towards effective implementation of the VAPP law in the state

Ipas Nigeria health foundation seeks to eliminate deaths from unsafe abortions and complications and increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive health a in Nigeria.

Mrs Saso Benson Ali, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, said, the ministry took the VAPP law advocacy to eight councils on introduction of forensic laboratory for gathering rape evidences.

Ali, reiterated government commitment in establishing more ‘Hope Centres’ to the already existing four in Yola-North, Yola-South, Mubi-North and Mubi-South.

Musa Jonah, one of the welfare officers, appreciated the gesture and urged Ipas to step down the training to the 226 words in the state.##

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