Religious institutions has been advised to strengthen capacity in responding to domestic violence and sexual Gender based violence.
In a workshop by Lagos states domestic and sexual violence team in collaboration with the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) and supported by Nigerian Policing Programme (NPP) the religious leaders were told the importance of speaking up when they notice issues of domestic violence within their members.
The event which was held in Sheraton Hotel Ikeja, attracted Religious clerics from different denominations.
Speaking at the workshop, the state coordinator- ROLAC, Mrs Ijimakinwa Ajibola said the programme is about enhancing good governance, justice reform, access to justice for women and children and persons with disabilities.
“ The programme is basically about enhancing good governance in Nigeria, by strengthening the rule of law, cubing corruption, reducing impunity and providing more access to justice for women and person with disability.” She said
“ The programme is all about implementing the laws, we are looking at the domestic violence law and the child’s right law and special people law.
We are here to sensitize religious leaders on the domestic violence law, we realize that there is a lot of gabs in the society, many people are not aware of the law.
We have religious leaders from Islamic field and also the Christian leaders, we want them to know about the law and to know where to report such cases because realize that they are the gate keepers and the first responders that most Nigerians will go to before reporting the issue. “ she concluded
Also speaking on the overview of the protection against domestic violence law 2015, Dr. Babajide Martins said that using court judgement concerning domestic violence as sermon could attract jail terms.
“ Always prevents domestic violence to affect the children.
Some people fear to tell their pastors of the domestic violence issues they are facing because they are afraid of being used as sermon.
Using court judgments on domestic violence for sermons could take you to one year imprisonment and 20 thousand Naira fine.” He said.