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Women lawyers partner NGO to fight sexual violence

 

As domestic violence seem not to abate anytime soon and the targeted causalities are mostly girl-child,women lawyers in Bayelsa State under the auspices of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), have pledged to stand against any form of domestic violence against women and children, especially girl-child within the society.

The Chairperson of FIDA, Yenagoa branch, Barrister Dise Sheila, made the pledge during a courtesy visit to the Managing Solicitor of TRIAX Solicitors, Moses Dickson, Esq, who also doubles as the founder, Goldcoast Developmental Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides support for children and low-income women.

The visit, according to the women lawyers, is to discuss a possible partnership and legal support with TRIAX Solicitors and Goldcoast Developmental Foundation in curbing the menace of sexual molestation of children especially girl-child in the Niger-Delta region.

Speaking during the visit to Dickson’s organisation in Yenagoa, Sheila said that even though there are laws in the country to protect the rights and well-being of women and children from all forms of violence and abuse, many of the affected persons are not aware of their rights or do not have the resources to pursue it. “The few who have the understanding of these rights are scared of stigmatisation and threats from the perpetrators and society in general. It is for this reason that we seek partnership with a law firm with a track record for fighting for the vulnerable especially women and children,” she said.

In his response, Dickson expressed his deep concern on the increasing cases of abuse against the female child and how the culture of silence is encouraging more perpetrators. “It is even sad when the victims are from impoverished homes and cannot afford the legal fees to fight their assaulters. We will do everything within our capacity to provide legal assistance to these victims,” he said.

He added that Goldcoast Developmental Foundation will serve as a mediator in championing this project by working with the police to speed up investigation, having sustainable partnership with certified hospitals to speed up medical examinations of victims/ survivors of such violence in addition to prevailing on the state Chief Judge to set up a system that will speed up trials of such cases.
He also said that the foundation will start a fundraising to get a home that will serve as a rehabilitation home for survivors to live in and start a new life especially for the girls.

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