FIDA Oyo commenced her 16 days activism against gender-based violence by paying an advocacy visit to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police at the SCID Iyaganku Ibadan, where the FIDA Nigeria statement was issued, had a discussion on the increased rate of the GBV cases in the state and the way forward.
FIDA Akwa Ibom flagged off the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence on the 26of November 2020, at the prestigious Ibom Hall, Uyo and His Majesty’s Hall Eket, over 1000 copies of the VAPP Law were distributed free of charge.
In commemoration of the 16days of activism 2020, FIDA Nasarawa in collaboration with the SDGs carried out sensitization in four schools educating the students on their rights and the need to speak out when they are assaulted, raped or abused.
FIDA Lagos in collaboration with the Nigeria Human Rights Commission, Lagos Chapter, yesterday 25 November 2020, flagged off this year’s 16 days activism against Gender Based Violence, themed: Stop the Violence!!! Fund, Response, Prevent and Collect. Orange the world!!!!
FIDA Plateau on the 25 of November 2020, in collaboration with NHRC, NBA and other CSOs had a rally to kick start the 16days activism. The walk was from the State Secretariat roundabout to the office of the Hon. Commissioner of Women affairs who flagged off the 16days activism on behalf of the first lady of Plateau State.
To flag off the 16 days activism 2020, FIDA Abuja, visited the Suleja and Kuje Correctional Service Centers with the Honourable Chief Judge of the FCT, Hon. Justice I.U.Bello.
Christmas came early for some of the inmates who were granted amnesty by the Chief Judge. Some of these convicts were women who had been convicted to imprisonment with the option of fine.
FIDA Abuja branch in its effort to always ensure the welfare of women, took on the responsibility to pay off the fines of some of these women who had no way of paying their fines.
2020 UNiTE Campaign Theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”
FIDA Nigeria joins the world in commemorating the annual 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) with a lineup of several activities, commencing from 25th November to 10th December 2020.
This year has been a challenging year in the world with the Covid-19 Pandemic and then in Nigeria came the #EndSARS/Police Brutality protests which resulted in crises and curfews nationwide causing further distress to the vulnerable in society.
In all of this, FIDA Nigeria acted in line with the theme for this year – we Funded, supported Programs, responded to calls, and strived to Prevent all forms of GBV against the vulnerable in society.
Ending gender-based discrimination and violence is a global priority that requires collective action, Accordingly, as the world marks this year’s 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence, FIDA Nigeria calls on all stakeholders to play an active part in the sensitization, prevention, protection and enforcement to ensure the Elimination of these ills in our society.
This call is imperative as the rate of violence has escalated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other related reasons, reports clearly show an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women and children.
The UN Secretary-General in delivering his report on, “Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19″ stated that” Accompanying the crisis has been a spike in domestic violence reporting, at exactly the time that services, including rule of law, health and shelters, are being diverted to address the pandemic”.
FIDA Nigeria in her bid to curb the high rate of GBV during the lockdown engaged in different programs, ranging from press releases/conference, advocacy visits (to Attorney Generals, IGP & Media Houses), sensitizations, Rallies and social media campaigns.
In commemoration of the 2020 16 days activism against Gender-based violence on the theme” Fund, Respond, Prevent and Collect” FIDA is putting together a project to provide access of justice at the grassroots level for victims of Gender-based violence by training paralegals. We call on the support of the Federal and State Governments to fund this project in addition to the establishment of Gender Desks at police stations and the Ministry of Justice with trained personnel for accelerated treatment of cases, one-stop referral centres in all states with rapid response units and sex offenders register with a shared database; free and compulsory medical treatment for victims and compulsory psycho-analysis for the accused, special courts for the trial of GBV cases.
Protection for victims of GBV; the accelerated adoption of the VAPP Act and the Child Rights Act in all States, and the review of the Penal Code to be in tandem with the VAPP Act.
We insist on the implementation of all legislation related to gender-based violence.
FIDA Nigeria remains committed to protecting, promoting and preserving the rights of woman and children and will continue to provide free legal representation and advice to survivors of Rape.
Rhoda Prevail Tyoden
Country Vice President/National President
National Publicity Secretary
Day 3 of FIDA Nigeria AGM and Pre-Convention Meeting held beautifully with member who could not be physically present also joining virtually. The Executives of FIDA Nigeria including FIDA branch representatives in each geopolitical zone joined in paying a courtesy visit to His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, Governor of Plateau State, who received them with key commissioners in his cabinet including the Attorney General of the State Hon. Chrysanthus Ahmadu. The day ended with formal dinner/award presentation at Steffan Hotel, Rayfield Jos.
Day Two of FIDA Nigeria Annual General Meeting started with business sessions on continuing Legal education for Fidans with presentations by different Chairpersons. The sessions were chaired by Chief Mrs Victoria Awolomo SAN. The first presentation was on the “Child Rights Act” by Emem Ette(Aqua Ibom State), followed by the “Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act” by Phil Nneji (Lagos State), then the “Administration of Criminal Justice Act” by Chief Magistrate Adefunke Helen Anoma( Ekiti State). Discussions were also held on the presentations. The sessions were concluded by Group work and presentations on the respective legal laws being tools for effective service
The evening program was cultural dress and presentations by the different branches; it proved very colourful and entertaining.