Nigeria to establish “special court” for Gender Based Violence

Nigeria is planning to establish a special court for gender based violence (GBV) related issues. This was disclosed by the Attorney General of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) in a virtual event organised by the UN Office on Drug and Crime. It formed part of events to mark International Women’s Day which held on March 8 in Kyoto, Japan. The event was themed ‘Special Event on Gender Dimensions of Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism.”

Just in the case you are wondering, gender based violence is used to refer to any form of violence against a women, men or children living in the same house. The term has often been used interchangeably with ‘violence against women,’ as it has been widely acknowledged that most gender based violence is inflicted on women and girls, by men.

However, using the ‘gender based’ aspect is important as it sheds light on the fact that many forms of violence against women are rooted in power inequalities between women and men. While this is a welcome development, it’d be interesting for us to see how the government can pull this off, especially due to what we’ve witnessed in regular courts with regards to fundamental and special human rights.

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