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-- Bella Abzug

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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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REPORT OF MEETING LINKING WOMEN GROUPS WITH THE GENDER UNIT OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AND THE POLICE DUTY SOLICITORS SCHEME OF LEGAL AID COUNCIL ON GBV & SRHR IN NIGERIA

Location: Force Gender (FCIID), Area 10, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

5th  November 2020

  • Overview/Meeting Objectives

  •      The meeting had the following objectives;

  • To Introduce the GU&PDSS to women groups.

  • For women groups to understand the roles of the GU&PDSS in addressing issues of SRHR and GBV.

  •     3.To create a link between women groups, GU&PDSS.

  •     4.Modules for working together and service delivery.

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REPORT ON  MEETING WITH THE GU & PDSS ON GBV IN NIGERIA

Location: Dogon Koli Hotel, Western Bye Pass, Bosso, Minna, Niger State.

17th September 2020

Introduction

The meeting is convened to understand the challenges being faced by the Gender Unit (GU) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Police Duty Solicitors Scheme (PDSS) of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria and to develop a road map for addressing these challenges.

​A two-man team of Lawyers Alert left Abuja for Minna, Niger state on the 16th September 2020 for a meeting scheduled for the following day at Dogon Koli Hotel.

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REPORT OF MEETING ON PARTNERING WITH THE GU & PDSS ON GBV & SRHR IN NIGERIA 

Location: Miango Rest Home, Plateau, Jos

17th September 2020

  • Overview/Meeting Objectives

The meeting had the following objectives;

  1. To understand the challenges of the GU&PDSS (Resources & Technically).

  2. Develop a road map for addressing these challenges.

  3. To enhance participant skills in understanding their roles and best ways to address issues of SRHR and GBV in a Human Rights and Satisfactory manner.

  4. Modus for monitoring, documentation, working together.

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REPORT OF MEETING ON PARTNERING WITH THE GU & PDSS ON GBV & SRHR IN NIGERIA 

Location: Force Gender (FCIID), Area 10, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.

10th September 2020

  • Overview/Meeting Objectives

The meeting had the following objectives;

  1. To understand the challenges of the GU&PDSS (Resources & Technically).

  2. Develop a road map for addressing these challenges.

  3. To enhance participant skills in understanding their roles and best ways to address issues of SRHR and GBV in a Human Rights and Satisfactory manner.

  4. Modus for monitoring, documentation, working together.

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COVID-19: CALL FOR COMPLAINTS FROM WOMEN AND WOMEN GROUPS

22nd June 2020

Lawyers Alert monitors and documents human rights violations, as well as provides free legal assistance to women and girls in Nigeria. We are aware of the violation of the rights of women during the lockdown associated with COVID-19 as evidenced in the media, both social and traditional. Several human rights agencies, including the National Human Rights Commission, has documented several of this.

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ADVOCACY VISIT TO LAWYERS ALERT BY RIGHT TO LIFE INITIATIVE

20th January 2020

Right to Life Initiative, a Key and Affected Population (KAP) focused organization paid an advocacy visit to Lawyers Alert on the 20th of January, 2020 to discuss issues of mutual interest and strengthening of ties between the two organizations.

REPORT OF A ONE-DAY MEETING ON THE TRAINING ON THE USE OF LAWYERS ALERT DOCUMENTATION TOOL “LADOCKT

22nd January 2020

Overview/Meeting Objectives:
The meeting had the following objectives;
1) To understand the scope of petty offences and SRHR violations
2) To enhance participants skills on reporting and documenting petty offences and SRHR
violations.
3) Modus for documentation.

 

LAWYERS ALERTS’ OFFICE AND THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION (OSF) DISCUSS SHRINKING CIVIC SPACE

6th February 2020

On the 6th of February 2020, a representative of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Open Society Foundation (OSF) and Lawyers Alert rubbed minds on the shrinking civic space and notable Bills like NGO Bill, Social Media Bill, False Information Bill, etc. before the Nigeria parliament. At this meeting were Jeff and Anita from OSF, while LA was represented by Olayemi, Blessing, Roseline, and Bamidele.

REPORT OF A COURTESY VISIT TO LAWYERS ALERTS’ OFFICE BY THE VOICE OF DISABILITY INITIATIVE (VDI). 

6th, February 2020

On the 6th of February 2020, representatives of the Voice of Disability Initiative (VDI) paid Lawyers Alert a courtesy visit towards mapping organizations working on I. Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE), ii. Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), iii. Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), iv. Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and v. Harmful Practices (HP) in the FCT. The mapping is part of their EU-UN Joint Spotlight Initiative on Ending all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls.  

16 DAYS ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

25th November 2019

16 days of activism is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November every year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. To this end, Lawyers Alert as a Rights-Based Organization with a focus on Women and Gender issues joined the rest of the World to commemorate those days. 

REPORT OF A ONE-DAY MEETING ON INTRODUCING A MONITORING AND DOCUMENTATION TOOL FOR PETTY OFFENCES IN NIGERIA. 

28th November 2019

Overview/Meeting Objectives:

The meeting had the following objectives;

1) Introduce the expanded Monitoring and Documentation tool “LADOCKT” to partners and’

2) Train partners on how to use LADOCKT to monitor and document petty offences.

Towards The Decriminalization Of Petty Acts In Nigeria By Lawyers Alert In Partnership With Open Society Initiative For West Africa

15th, October  2019

Overview/Meeting Objectives:
The meeting had the following objectives;
1) Adoption of the Action Plan of the Alliance for the Decriminalization of Petty Offenses in
Nigeria and;
2) Tracking and documenting petty offenses in Nigeria

TWO DAY MEETING ON THE EFFECT OF HIV CRIMINALIZATION IN AKWA IBOM STATE.

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The training commenced with registration and introduction of participants. Thereafter, Roseline Ogehenebrume, Director Program, Lawyers Alert, delivered a welcome address as she acknowledged all participants present. She also thanked participants for making out time for the training despite the short notice and asked them to be participatory and interactive.
 

STAKEHOLDERS MEET TO DEVELOP TRACKING MECHANISMS ON PETTY OFFENCES IN NIGERIA.

15th, October 2019

Lawyers Alert will on Tuesday, 15th October 2019 facilitate a meeting of petty offenses actors in Nigeria on the Decriminalization of Petty Offences in Nigeria (ADPON) & its Partners in FCT,Abuja, with the objectives of adopting the Action plan of the Alliance and discuss on possible ways of tracking & documenting Petty Offences in Nigeria towards periodic publication of scientific data to be used for Advocacy purposes.

FOLLOW UP MEETING FOR THE SIGNING OF OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP IN BENUE STATE

12th, September 2019

Lawyers Alert will on the 12 of September 2019 hold a day Civil society organizations/media follow –up meeting towards the sighing up to OGP (Open Government Partnership) in Benue State. With the objective of Selecting CSO steering committee that will engage the Benue State Government to sign into the OGP. Recall that on the 18th of July Capacity building for CSO’s on OGP was conducted by Lawyers Alert in Partnership to equip them with the necessary information for advocacy on OGP.

HIV DECRIMINALIZATION MEETING IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA.

18th and 19th, September 2019

Lawyers Alert will on Wednesday and Thursday, 18th and 19th September 2019 meet with Civil Society groups in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, especially Civil Society groups working on HIV with the objectives of carrying out Advocacy against the proposed criminalization of HIV infection in the State. Recall, that the last State Parliament had proposed the passage of Law that will criminalize HIV infection in Akwa-Ibom State and the present Parliament appears to be so minded.

Damilola Ogunsi (AKA The GoldFish) supports the campaign against Gender-Based Violence

6th June 2019

Follow the link to watch the shot video on Gender-based Violence

by Damilola Ogunsi

DIRECTOR-GENERAL NAPTIP, JULIE OKAH-DONLI DISCUSSES ISSUES ON TRAFFICKING AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE.

20th May 2019

Lawyers Alert Staff this month paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli at the Headquarters of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to discuss issues of trafficking and gender-based violence. Very illuminating response from the DG. Below is the video.

ATTORNEY GENERAL & COMMISSIONER OF JUSTICE, BENUE STATE, CAMPAIGNS AGAINST VIOLENCE ON WOMEN AND GIRLS.

20th May 2019

The Management of Lawyers Alert visited the Attorney General & Commissioner of Justice, Benue State, where he spoke against violence on women and girls. Below is the video.

A ONE DAY MEETING ON PETTY OFFENCES IN NIGERIA

12th April 2019

Petty acts that have been criminalized wears the face of poverty and discrimination. In effect, it is a human rights issue. When people go to jail for loitering, hawking, and similar acts, it's definitely a poverty issue. Towards the decriminalization of petty offences, Lawyers Alert convened a meeting recently in Abuja where activists began a conversation towards the decriminalization. Below is the Video.

LAWYERS ALERT SECURES THE RELEASE OF JOHN IBYA THROUGH ITS PRO BONO SERVICES

9th April 2019

As part of our free legal services to vulnerable persons, Lawyers Alert is happy to announce that we have secured the release of John Ibya from prison custody. Sometime in July 2018, Mr ibya was arrested by the police in Aliade and was immediately taken to the police station for the alleged offence of conspiracy, attempted robbery, and housebreaking. He was arraigned at the Chief Magistrate court Aliade for the said offences. 

REPORT OF THE 1 DAY STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING ON REDUCING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN BENUE STATE HELD AT LAWYERS ALERT CONFERENCE HALL ON THE 27TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2018.

27th Novermber 2018

On the 24th of September 2018, a case of human trafficking was reported to us at Lawyers Alert for legal advice and possible assistance. That a certain man named Saviour Daboor was placed under arrest and detained by the police at the State Criminal Investigation Intelligence Department (SCIID) Makurdi for an alleged case of human trafficking.

A ONE DAY SENSITIZATION WITH KABUSA MARKET WOMEN ASSOCIATION ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE (GBV)

12th June 2018

The problem of gender-based violence (GBV) is an age-long problem in our communities which has led to the loss of lives, emotional disorder, psychological torture, and other forms of human rights abuses. These violations happen more in rural areas than the urban areas due to poor access to information, inadequate exposure, and anti-human rights cultural practices, leading to an anti-social environment for women and children.

ADVOCACY VISIT TO THE BENUE STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
ON THE 23RD DAY OF AUGUST, 2018

23rd August 2018

The Head Office of Lawyers Alert in Makurdi, Benue State paid an advocacy visit to the Benue State Emergency Management Agency on the 23rd of August 2018. The 3-Person delegation was led by Mr. Lazarus M. Ahangba the Programs Manager, alongside Jerome Uneje Programs Officer, and Linus Mbakaan the Administrative Officer.

COURTESY VISIT BY THE HOPE SISTERS AGAINST HIV/AIDS, STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION INITIATIVE

29th August 2018

On the 29th day of August 2018, the Hope Sisters Against HIV/AIDS, Stigma and
Discrimination Initiative, a Women-Led Grassroot Civic Group in Makurdi, Benue State paid a Courtesy Visit to Lawyers Alert Head Office in order to identify with the LA and strengthen the existing working relationship between both Organizations.

LAWYERS ALERT: USING OUR WEB-BASED TOOL TO PROMOTE DEMOCRATIC INNOVATION AND DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA

30th July 2018

Lawyers alert developed a web-based tool which is used to track, monitor and document violations of rights. Essence is to exhibit how the violation of rights and the lack of participation in governance undermine Nigerian democracy with regard to inclusive and participatory governance.

LAWYERS ALERT: USING LAW AND DATA TO IMPACT SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS IN NIGERIA

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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, SRHR, in Nigeria is an area which, owing to culture and religion, is neither making as much progress nor being given as much space for expression in comparative terms with more “acceptable” rights.

A ONE DAY SENSITIZATION WITH KABUSA MARKET WOMEN ASSOCIATION ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (GBV)

12th June 2018

The problem of gender-based violence (GBV) is an age-long problem in our communities which has led to the loss of lives, emotional disorder, psychological torture, and other forms of human rights abuses. These violations happen more in rural areas than the urban areas due to poor access to information, inadequate exposure, and anti-human rights cultural practices, leading to an anti-social environment for women and children.

FACILITATION OF EFFECTIVE SRHR MOVEMENT IN MAKURDI, BENUE STATE

7th June 2018

Lawyers Alert with the Support of Amplify Change Facilitated a one-day North-Central meeting of Coalition of Lawyers for Human Rights, COLaHR in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.

The meeting had in attendance lawyers and representatives from the North-Central zone who are expected to lead SRHR movements within the zone.

Lawyers Alert Continues Its Violence Against Women And Girls Engagement

1st June 2018

In continuation of our project which seeks to reduce and eliminate violence against women and girls, Lawyers alert has added 5 states to its already existing 8, making it a total of 13 states.

In the last 6 weeks, Lawyers Alert has created a partnership with key groups in these 5 states and we are currently liaising with several community women groups who report violations and access free legal services

FACILITATION OF EFFECTIVE SRHR MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA BEGINS

14th May 2018 - 15th May 2018

Lawyers Alert with the Support of Amplify Change Facilitated a 2-day meeting of Coalition of Lawyers for Human Rights, COLaHR in Nigeria.

The meeting had in attendance lawyers from the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria who are expected to lead the SRHR movement in the six geopolitical zones.

LAWYERS ALERT PRESENTATION AT THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE 2019 BUDGET BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

28th March 2018

A public hearing held by the Joint Committees of Appropriation of the Senate and the House of Representatives for Citizen Groups to make inputs in helping parliamentarians make proper resource allocations. Lawyers Alert made its presentation seeking increased HIV funding in Nigeria given especially, the dwindling funding from the International community at the Hearing.

RESPONSIVE BUDGETING: HIV AND AIDS INTERVENTIONS IN NIGERIA

28th March 2018

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with an estimated 175 million inhabitants. Research in 2013 showed that HIV constitutes a major public health concern in Nigeria and that the country has the second-largest burden of HIV in Africa with an estimated 3.4 million people living with the virus in 2013.

LAWYERS ALERT SOME LITIGATION STORIES ON SRHR

FEBRUARY 2017

1) Denial of Hostel Accommodation In University Of Bingham, Karu, Nassarawa State. 2 undergraduate students, a male, and a female were denied accommodation in the University hostels of the above-named institution owing to their HIV status. Lawyers Alert engaged the University via correspondences and meetings for a reversal of this discriminatory practice.

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