Protecting Children’s Rights: A Discussion About The Way Forward

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat hosted a live video on their social media platforms to discuss Children’s Rights for World Children’s Day which occured on 20th November, 2020. Children’s rights is of significant importance as it falls in lines with the Governors declaration to curb forms of gender violence in Nigeria.

On the 10th of June, Nigerian Governors had declared a state of emergency on Gender Based Violence (GBV) towards addressing the various injustices that women and minors go through.

In response to tackling these issues, the United Nations and the European Union applauded the efforts of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and are seeking partnership through the Spotlight Initiative.

Edward Kallon, the United Nations Resident Coordinator had said that “with the Spotlight Initiative, we are in a position to do more than just connecting victims with services and hoping for the best. And although immediate protection of survivors of GBV is essential, but so too is addressing the systemic challenges that perpetuate violence, gender inequality and injustice.”

Chairman of NGF and Ekiti State Governor: Dr Kayode Fayemi had said that the governors committed in a declaration to 

- Domesticate the two laws which punish violence against women and children across 36 states (VAPP and the CRA)

- Set up a sex-offenders register in each of the 36 states among many thing

In order to better educate the public on these laws and how they will be enforced to protect violence that women and children face, the head of Legal at Nigeria Governors Forum Secretariat: Mr Chuku Chijioke discussed these matters on the NGF Facebook Live platform. 

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