Rape and other Gender-Based Violence Offences are despicable human rights violation with far reaching ramifications for the individual and the society.
The Kaduna State Governor recently signed into law the amended Kaduna State Penal Code Law 2020, which updated the penalties for the offence of the rape of a child.
AGA-Africa Programme in support of the efforts by the government to curb this social evil organized a one-day webinar dubbed “Challenges and Strategies for the Successful Prosecution of the Offence of Rape and other Gender-Based Violence Offences” on the 15th October, 2020 in collaboration with Kaduna State Government and the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).
The aim of the webinar was to empower law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to effectively investigate and prosecute the offence of rape and other gender-based offences in the State especially during the Covid-19 pandemic times when an exponential increase in GBV cases has been witnessed and to also create awareness on the different forms of sexual exploitation in order to better position the participants for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of sexual crimes.
The Webinar’s opening remarks were delivered by Hon. Aisha Dikko, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Kaduna State Government and Markus Green Esq., AGA-Africa Programme Board Member.
The webinar benefitted from the expertise of Zainab Atoba, the Chairperson of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Rosemary Kumitsonyo Kanyuka, Law Commissioner at Malawi Law Commission Lilongwe and Elijah Karam Bakam, State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Kaduna State, Mark Wynn, National trainer to Police Executives and Owner/Operator Wynn Consulting, Miiko Anderson, a Certified Legal Criminal Specialist and Senior Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Suwam Stephen Esq Principal State Counsel with the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice, and Khensani Motileni, Social Justice Activist And Attorney, from South Africa.
Susan Lustig, Administrative Director, AGA-Africa Programme, brought the day to a close.