Coordinated effort should be tribute to address GBVDecember 21st, 2009
Gender Based Violence Campaign Ethiopia (GBV-E) said the ongoing improved responses to prevent violence against children and women should further be enhanced with sound coordination among law enforcing bodies.
GBV-E joint consultative forum for law enforcing bodies is deliberating on GBV here Monday on ways to further mobilize efforts to address GBV.
Speaking at the forum GBV-E /Network of Ethiopian Women's Associations chairperson, Saba Gebremedhin said the measures taken by the government and NGOs to prevent and stop GBV on women and children in Ethiopia are very proactive and encouraging.
The chairperson said as the issue of GBV is deep and wide , coordination among the law enforcing bodies is central to maintain the auspicious changes registered so far.
As part of this effort, she said, the campaign chaired by NEWA has held a series of trainings and similar consultation separate meetings with police officers, prosecutors and judges to identify major gaps in addressing the issue of GBV.
The chairperson said the consultative forum is to deliberate and to identify major gaps and put the way forward jointly among law enforcing bodies drawn from across the country.
She said at the end of the consultation, the forum is expected to form network that would enable law enforcing bodies to sort out problems encountered due to their effort to provide efficient justice for possible susceptible children and women.
Saba said the coordination through forum would help them to solid out best practices and put in place a system to address constraints hampering the due justice process.
Police, prosecutors, judges and judiciary personnel from all regional states and Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa city administrations are in attendance at the two-day consultative forum.