The Federal Government has announced its intention to establish mobile courts dedicated to handling cases related to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and other related offences across the country.
The initiative, driven by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, is critical to the government’s broader strategy to combat sexual and gender-based violence. During a press briefing in Abuja, the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, emphasized that establishing these mobile courts would bolster efforts to address SGBV.
Detailing the objectives for the ministry’s first 100 days, the minister explained, “The introduction of mobile courts will significantly enhance our advocacy against SGBV. Despite our continuous efforts and financial investments, we have faced challenges securing victims’ justice.”
She further outlined the operational process: “Upon receiving a report from victims, law enforcement will initiate arrests, and the victim will immediately receive medical attention to confirm their injuries. Subsequently, the mobile courts will play a pivotal role in ensuring that justice is expeditiously served.”
The minister also stressed the importance of collaborating with women’s cooperatives to implement sustainable empowerment projects. These initiatives aim to equip recipients with the means to maintain their livelihoods independently beyond the initial government support.
In conclusion, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs is dedicated to fostering a shift towards more sustainable strategies that will have a lasting positive impact on women and children, marking a transformative direction for the ministry’s operations.
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