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CSO tasks police, judiciary on justice for victims of domestic violence

WomenAid Collective (WACOL), a CSO, has urged the police and judiciary to do more to ensure that victims of domestic violence and abuse get justice.

Prof. Joy Ezilo, the Director of WACOL, made the call on Thursday in Enugu, in a statement to mark 2021 Day on Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

Ezilo said there was the need for the police and judiciary to be more committed to the prosecution of cases of violence against women and girls.

She acknowledged that although those institutions were making efforts at providing justice for victims they needed to do more.

“It is common knowledge that VAWG/Sexual Gender Base Violence (SGBV) cases are under prosecuted, and sometimes compromised within the criminal justice system.

“Lack of effective prosecution, and lack of accountability on the part of perpetrators, when cases of GBV are involved has resulted in impunity and exacerbated incidents of VAWG,“ Ezilo said.

The also said that lack of effective prosecution had not only denied justice and access to effective remedies to victims, but emboldened perpetrators to continue in their dastardly act.

“As the United Nations mark 2021 VAWG, we call for greater accountability to cases of VAWG by state and non-state actors.

“The approach should be zero tolerance in all forms and law enforcement agencies must take the drivers’ seat in pursuing justice for victims/survivors of SGBV,’’ she appealed.

The UN sets aside November 25 of every year as a Day on Elimination of VAWG.

It is meant to raise awareness to end all form of violence against women and girls.

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The theme of 2021 VAWG is “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now.’’

Orange is the colour that represents a future free of violence against women and girls.

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