On GBV, the Niger government is working with CSOs, the media, and security authorities

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With a strong institutional, legal, and regulatory framework in place, the Niger State government has made it clear that it is willing to cooperate with the media, civil society organizations, and security forces to combat the threat of gender-based violence.

In a Minna interview regarding sexual exploitation and abuse/harassments (SEAH) in the state, Mary Yisa, the Director of Planning, Research, and Statistics at the Niger State Ministry for Women Affairs, made this statement.

Remember that the state government said two weeks ago that anyone found guilty of beating their spouse faces a three-year prison sentence and a fine of up to N200,000.

According to Mrs. Yisa, the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution, section 34, the Criminal Code, and the Violence Against Person Prohibited Law and Child Rights Act are among the institutional, legal, and policy frameworks for reducing GBV.

“Intensive and multilayered efforts involving numerous sectors, including Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) such as health facilities and SEAH service providers, would be necessary for the prevention and response to dangers of SEAH.

The ministry’s director of planning, research, and statistics said that there are already coordinated initiatives in place, such as community awareness and education campaigns, capacity building for SEAH project personnel, and the hiring of SEAH specialists.

“We are enlisting the supplementary support of other SEAH Prevention and Response actors, such as health providers, CSOs, Community-based Organizations (CBOs), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs),” the spokesperson stated. “We are adequately resourcing the SEAH function in the project.”

We are pleading with you to assist us in changing it so that husbands who rape their wives are prosecuted for lesser offenses, such as indecent assault, which has a meager three-year maximum sentence.

Mrs. Jiya went on to say that the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015, a new law passed by the National Assembly, has altered the definition and penalties of rape, which were previously exclusive.

She continued by saying that rape is defined by this statute as the deliberate penetration of a person’s mouth, anus, or vagina with any part of the body or object without the victim’s permission.

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