A one-day workshop for ‘the Development of a Standard Operating Procedure for Handling Gender Based Violence Cases’ at NAPTIP, was held on the 17 July 2019 in Abuja
In Attendance was, Rhoda Prevail Tyoden (Country Vice President of FIDA Nigeria), Amina Agbaje (Deputy Country Vice president of FIDA Nigeria) and Racheal Adejo (Chairperson of Abuja Branch, FIDA Nigeria). The Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli was represented by Mrs. Ebele Ulasi the Director Counselling and Rehabilitation, NAPTIP. Mr. Sebastian Shikel represented Oxfam, the donor. Various departments from NAPTIP such as Counselling and Rehabilitation department; Legal and Prosecution department; Intelligence Officers attached to NAPTIP; The welcome and opening address was delivered by Rhoda Prevail Tyoden, the Country Vice President. A few goodwill messages were delivered by representatives of Oxfam and NAPTIP.
Training and Manpower department; Research and Programs Development department and Investigation and Monitoring department were all represented.
The workshop started at about 10:00am, with an overview of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015. The participants broke into groups to brain storm on the content of the SOP. The first group looked at ‘Coordination Mechanism’; the second group looked at ‘Case Management and Referrals Pathways’; the third group considered ‘Prevention’ and the fourth group discussed ‘Documentation, Data and Monitoring’.
Each group considered various incidences, the operational procedure, the Standard observation of organizational ethics that needs to be adhered to, the department that is responsible and the time frame within which actions needs to be taken.
After deliberations, group representatives made presentations and the workshop came to a close. A subsequent Validation meeting will be held at an agreed date
FIDA Nigeria held a one day workshop for Law Enforcement Agents on the prevention and elimination of Violence against Women and Girls.
The workshop was facilitated by Subomi Chuku, National Program Manager of FIDA Nigeria and Ifeanyi Iloba, National Program Officer of FIDA Nigeria.
The workshop began with some welcome remarks delivered by Rhoda Prevail-Tyoden, the National Secretary of FIDA Nigeria. After her welcome remarks, participants carried out a ‘Walking in Their Shoes’ introduction exercise, in which participants put themselves into the shoes of a 9 year old girl facing sexual abuse and considered how they would go about getting justice in that kind of situation. After the introduction exercise, goodwill messages were delivered by Josephine Inna Ogechi, Commissioner of Police, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and Godwin Ekang, CSC, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. The workshop was very interactive and practical as it included group work sessions.
Some of the modules which were covered during the workshop were:
– Violence against Women: The Reality and Factors Underlying VAW
– National Laws and International Conventions Protecting Women from Violence
– Applicable Procedural Laws in Cases of Violence Against Women
– The Role of Law Enforcement in the Protection of Human Rights
– Preventive Approaches to Mitigating the Incidence of Violence in Nigeria
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