ANGOLA: Calls for Creation of Law Cracking Down on Gender Violence

Friday, January 23, 2009
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The Head of Department of Family Policy Board of the Provincial Family and Women Promotion, Jose Laurindo, defended Friday here, the need of creating a law to crack down cases of domestic violence.

Jose Laurindo, who was speaking to Angop, believes that the existence of the regulation is the basis for disciplinary action and guide the families on the cases occurred.

After referring the existence of many cases of violence, Jose Laurindo, who is also a lawyer, said that the Legal Counselling Centre receives on average eight to 15 cases daily.

"You should create such legislation, because only with this the gender aggressor will feel the seriousness of the problem and I am sure the occurrences will drop", stressed the official.

According to the coordinator, the cases are characterized by fatherhood escape, lack of provision of food, psychological and physical violence, issues of inheritance, such as sharing of assets.

He added that gender violence is an issue of violation of human rights and public health and of large proportion of serious consequences.

According to the data released by the Legal Counselling Centre, some 98 cases of gender violence were recorded in Luanda only, in 2008.