Ebonyi women are winning as the state now has the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law.

The law forbids violence against persons, prohibits Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and protects women against all manners of violence, including wife battering.

Governor Dave Umahi gave his assent on Monday, at a ceremony at the Executive Council chambers in Abakaliki.

The ceremony was attended by his wife, Rachael and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

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The Speaker, Francis Nwifuru said “The implementation of this law will enable the protection of women and give confidence to women.”

Governor Umahi ordered that copies of the law be distributed to presidents of town unions, local government chairmen and councillors to help in propagating it in their areas.

Umahi commended the Speaker and the legislators for making the law. He also commended his wife, Rachael and her team for fighting for the cause of women in the state.

“Some states have passed VAPP into law to protect rights of Women. Women should know that they are striving to be accorded respect and must shoulder responsibility,” he said.

Mrs Umahi said her pet project, Family Succour and Upliftment Foundation would be launched, along with foreign partners, to enhance development of women.

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