Religious institutions have 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
“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 gatekeepers and the first responders that most Nigerians will go to before reporting the issue. “ she concluded