To provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment of offenders in Bayelsa state, FACE Initiative is leading a campaign, working with CSOs and government for the adoption of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act in Bayelsa State.
ACCEP (Advancing Community Capacity for Environmental Protection) FACE is working with communities, CSOs and government agencies to develop strategies to end bunkering and artisanal refining in Bayelsa and River States of Niger Delta RICE Revolution FACE Initiative is working with the Akassa Development Foundation to promote the Akassa Rice Revolution an alternative livelihood project aimed at creating jobs and improve food security in Bayelsa State.
Project: Legislative Advocacy Campaign for the Adoption of the VAPP Act in Bayelsa State Period: February 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019 Background FACE Initiative is leading a campaign, working with CSOs and government of Bayelsa State for the adoption of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act in Bayelsa State with support from USAID and UKaid through National Democratic Institute (NDI).
The Act was passed at the national level in 2015 and is therefore applicable only in Abuja (Federal Capital Territory). The patronage and weak governance in Bayelsa State nurtures structural and systematic violence against citizens. Like other parts of Nigeria, violence against women and girls is prevalent and intense in Bayelsa State following the high level of insecurity in the region.
Aside the countless cases of violations that are not reported due to the culture of silence, a disturbing figure of over 200 cases of different forms of violence were officially reported to the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Bayelsa Chapter between January and December 2017. One of the implications of violence is that citizen’s participation, particularly women in governance and political process is greatly decreased due to the fear of violence that could be meted out against them while participating in any aspect of the process.
VAPP improves upon existing laws by treating all Nigerians equally, regardless of class, gender or age. It provides multiple level of punishment to cover all those involved in committing or covering up a crime. In addition, VAPP calls for victims to receive finance compensation, a first in Nigeria.