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[#Choice4Life]: What is #VAPPbill? 4 Must-Know Q&A on the Popular Bill!


VAPPbill1. What is #VAPPbill?

The Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Bill 2011is a proposed legislation which defines violence, seeks to eliminate violence in private and public life, prohibits all forms of violence, sexual, psychological, domestic, Harmful traditional practices (HTP), discrimination against persons and provides all round protection and effective remedies for victims as well as punishment of offenders. It was passed by the House of Representatives in March 2013. It passed through 2nd Reading unanimously on October 16, 2014.

2. What does the Bill Seek to Do?

It seeks to eliminate or reduce to a minimum the occurrence of gender based violence in the Nigerian society especially in homes, public spaces or even in conflict situations. It therefore protects the Right of Nigerians against violence especially violence against women. It aims at addressing the gaps in current laws on violence in private and public spaces. Specifically, it is aimed at responding to old and emerging forms of violence; in particular gender based violence.

3. What are the Legal and Social implications of the Bill?

it criminalizes violence against ALL persons, providing matching penalties for offenses in order to halt the high level of impunity of offenders in private spaces, especially domestic violence in all its ramifications. It also creates a support system for victims of violence to minimize pains and enhance recovery.

4. Who supports the #VAPPbill?

Members of the Senate and House of the Representatives relevant Committees massively supported by other members of the two Chambers, the Ministry of Women Affairs, Developments partners especially the DFID, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, Ipas, and ActionAid, the National Human Rights Commission , the Nigeria Police Force, national and private owned print and electronic media, the entire membership of Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women (LACVAW), #Choice4Life Advocates, @HAPPYNigeria, Women Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) Raising Her Voice Project Partners and indeed all Civil Society Organizations and individual working on women’s human rights.

You too can also support the bill by doing the following;

  • Share this post on your social media platforms
  • Commend the National Assembly for their actions so far on this bill and encourage the Senate to expedite action and pass it before the elections.
  • Stand against violence against persons in any form.

Lend your voice in support of a quick passage of #VAPPbill!

Credit to: LACVAW, #Choice4Life Advocates

#BringBackOurGirls Family Responds to Purported Police Ban on Protests

Re: Purported Ban on All Protests on the Chibok Girls in FCT by Police Commissioner 
We are members of the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family, a citizens movement advocating for the speedy rescue of the over 200 girls abducted from Chibok Secondary School, Borno state. Ours has been a single-issue campaign for the safe return of the abducted girls. In the last 34 days we have done so through peaceful daily sit-outs, and some marches to key governmental actors urging them to act swiftly to rescue the girls from the terrorists.
Earlier today we received with shock the statement credited to the FCT Commissioner of Police Joseph Mbu that “…All Protests on the Chibok Girls is hereby banned with immediate effect…”
We wish to remind the Commissioner of Police Mbu that he cannot take any action that violates our Constitutionally guaranteed rights as citizens, particularly our rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, amongst others as enshrined in Chapter Four (Section 40) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).
We are puzzled about the inconsistencies in the communication emanating from the Nigerian Police. We recall that on 12th May, 2014, the Nigeria Police Force on its website published a news item with the title: “Police Not Against Peaceful Assemblies” in which the Inspector-General of Police, M.D. Abubakar restated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to the protection and enforcement of the fundamental rights of citizens.
Over the last 34 days, we have been widely acknowledged, including by the Police and the Federal Government delegation, which represented President Jonathan at one of our meetings for the peaceful, disciplined, and decorous manner we have always conducted the activities of our movement. In consonance with our approach, we shalltomorrow be in court with our lawyers, Femi Falana SAN to file a suit challenging this purported ban by C.P. Mbu.
In the interim, we shall not hold our sit-out tomorrow 3rdJune, because we shall be accompanying our lawyers to the Court where we hope to obtain an immediate restraint on this unconstitutional, undemocratic and repressive act. Our Movement is legitimate and lawful and cannot be arrested by the police whose responsibility is to enforce, not betray the law.
We, the members of the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family, remain   resolute and will persist in using all lawful means to sustain our peaceful advocacy for the safe rescue of the Chibok Girls. We therefore encourage all those in Nigeria and other Nations that have similarly taken a stand for the cause of the girls to continue to do so with the clarion call: BRING BACK OUR GIRLS, NOW AND ALIVE!!!
Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala Usman
 For the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family
Editor’s Note: I’m a member of the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family; I endorse the statement above and will continue to stand with the traumatized  Chibok Girls and families.