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Nigeria Hosts 7th IAWJ African Regional Conference
11 July 2013
The 7th IAWJ African Regional Conference was hosted this year by the National Association of Women Judges - Nigeria in Abuja from June 27th to the 29th at the Federal Judicial Service Commission Conference Hall. The theme of the African Regional Conference was "Gender Based Violence: A Human Rights Violation."
The panels discussions and talks at the African Regional Conference included "A Look into Sexual Violence Against Children", "Gender Based Violence - Access to Justice by Victims and Witnesses", "Domestic Violence Restraining Orders - A Key Weapon in the War to Combat Gender Based Violence", and "Human Trafficking: A Grave Violation of Human Rights; The Role of Judges." In addition to the panels and talks, some other events at the conference included a dinner and cultural night at the JD Leisure Center, Maitama, a city tour which included a visit to the Nike Art Gallery, the Bwari Pottery center, and a picnic.
There were many speakers at the 7th IAWJ African Regional Conference including Chidi Okinkalu, the key note speaker, who is the Senior Legal Officer for the African Program of the Open Society Justice Initiative and is also the chair of the Governing Council of Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission. Judge Patricia J. Titus, a judge from California, is an expert on domestic violence and has written the book "Bruised but not Broken: A Teen Dating Violence Prevention." Among the other speakers were women's rights activists, including Dr. Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, who is a founder and executive director of Project Alert and Dr. Princess Olufemi-
Kayode, who is the founder of Media Concern Initiative. Project Alert is a non-governmental women's rights organization that promotes and protects the rights of women and young girls and Media Concern Initiative is an organization that focuses on sexual violence response.