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Support the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill

Current laws in Nigeria protecting persons, especially women and girls, from violence are inadequate and discriminatory with stringent standard of proof.

The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill is being reintroduced to the National Assembly for the third time, your support is urgently needed to ensure it passes – please support the Bill and spread the word!

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The Bill is presented by the Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women



Nigeria’s return to democratic governance in 1999 provided the context for renewed vigour around the demand for legal frameworks and mechanisms. This translated into several draft legislations in form of executive and private member Bills being articulated and presented to the National and in some cases State Houses of Assembly. In May 2002, the Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women (LACVAW) with support from the International Human Rights Law Group, now LAWGROUP, articulated and submitted to the National Assembly, a Bill titled the Violence Against Women (Prohibition) Bill, 2003 but the Bill was not passed during that legislative session. In 2008, concerned about the consistent failure to realize a legal framework to addressing the increasing prevalence of violence in Nigeria, and with support from DFID defunct Security, Justice and Growth Programme, the Coalition coordinated by Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria; undertook an audit of Bills submitted to the National Assembly to extract and harmonize those that particularly bear relevance to the issues of violence against women. This was followed by intensive advocacy and campaign activities which were hyped during the 2009 international commemoration of 16 Days activism on Violence Against Women. The campaign has been sustained by the media support it has generated and its endorsement by the citizens of Nigeria, most critically by key actors in the National Assembly, government, the judiciary, leaders of faith based and traditional institutions.

Full title of the Bill

The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill 2011 is a proposed legislation which defines violence, seeks to eliminate violence in private and public life, prohibits all forms of violence including physical, sexual, psychological, domestic, Harmful Traditional Practices (HTP), discrimination against persons and provides all round protection and effective remedies for victims as well as punishment of offenders.

What the Bill Seeks to Do

It seeks to eliminate or reduce to a minimum the occurrence of gender based violence in the Nigerian society especially in homes, public spaces or even in conflict situations. It therefore protects the rights of Nigerians against violence especially violence against women. It aims at addressing the gaps in current laws on violence in private and public spaces. Specifically, it is aimed at responding to old and emerging forms of violence, in particular, gender based violence.

Status of the Bill

The Bill went through a successful public Hearing at the House of Representatives during the 6th National Assembly. But it was not represented via the committee report for 3rd Reading and passage before the closure of the 6th Assembly. The Bill is being reintroduced to the 7th Assembly on the basis of the House Standing Order on outstanding legislations which provides that all legislative Bills that were not passed during the last tenure are to be re-gazetted and passed through its reading before being transferred to the committee stage.

Please help spread the word

The historic Bill criminalizing violence against individuals, especially women and girls, has been put forth and is going through the legislative process next week in Nigeria. It has failed to pass twice, and needs strong public backing to pass – please help by spreading the word through email and social media or by embedding the banner on your website or blog!

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Supporting organizations of LACLAW coalition

  • Alliances for Africa (AfA)
  • Adolescent Health and Information Project (AHIP)
  • BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights
  • Center for Rural Information and Community Development (CRICDEV)
  • Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
  • Centre for Women and Advancement Empowerment (CWAE)
  • Centre for Women Studies and Intervention (CWSI)
  • Christian Care for Widows/Widowers and the Aged
  • Church of Christ In Nigeria (COCIN)
  • Civil Liberties Organization – (CLO)
  • Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC)
  • Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR)
  • Community Partners for Development (CPD)
  • Constitutional Rights Project (CRP)
  • Constitutional Watch (CONSWATCH)
  • Democratic Alternative – (DA)
  • Development Dynamics, Imo
  • FIDA Rivers State Zone
  • FIDA, Abuja Capital Chapter
  • FIDA, Edo
  • FIDA, Kaduna
  • Foundation for Women’s Health – FORWARD – Nigeria
  • Gender Action Teamn Team (GAT) Kaduna
  • Gender Advancement and Development Action (GADA), Lagos
  • Girl’s Power Initiative (GPI)
  • Human Rights Law Services – HURI-LAWS
  • Human Rights Monitor
  • Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL)
  • International Association of Educationists for World Peace
  • League of Democratic Women, Nigeria (LEADS)
  • Legal Research Initiative – (LRI)
  • Legal Watch, Kaduna
  • Legal, Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP)
  • National Council for Women Societies (NCWS)
  • NAWOJ – Democracy and Governance Project, Kaduna
  • NAWOJ Enugu State Chapter
  • Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ)
  • Nigeria Youth AIDS Programme (NYAP)
  • Northern Cross River States Women Association – (NCRSWA)
  • Poverty Alleviation and Development Centre (PADEC) – Kaduna
  • Project Alert, Lagos
  • Raising Hope for the Woman and Child (RHWC)
  • Widows Development Organisation (WiDO) Enugu
  • Women Advocates Action Center (WADAC)
  • Women Advocates Research and Documentation (WARDC)
  • Women and Minority Rights Monitors (WAMRM)
  • Women in Detention Rights Initiative (IDRI)
  • Women in Nigeria (WIN)
  • Women Information Network (WINET)
  • Women Opinion Leaders Forum (WOLF)
  • Women, Law and Development Centre (WLDCN)
  • Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL)
  • Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON)
  • Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA)
  • Women’s Rights and Developmenvelopment Centre (WORDEC)

Development Partners

  • UN Women
  • IPAS
  • Action Aid
  • J4A


  • Dr. Charmaine Pereira
  • Chikwendu Anunobi
  • Sarah Jubril
  • Julie Sanda
  • Justice Nkem Izuako
  • Ogugua Ikpeze
  • Boma Ozobia
  • Maryam Uwais
  • Asma’u Joda


Contact with email: Saudatu Shehu Mahdi, Head of Secretariat, LACVAW & Secretary General WRAPA

Campaign partners

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