Community Stakeholders Pledge To End GBV In Kaduna Community

Community stakeholders pledge to end GBV in Kaduna community

Some community stakeholders in Unguwan Romi, Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State said they are committed to addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the area. The stakeholders, which included women, youths, community leaders and security agencies made the pledge in Kaduna during an event organised to encourage their participation in the fight against GBV. The Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI), an NGO, organised the event under its, “Our Safe Spaces (OSS)” programme. OSS is a three-year project (2019 -2022), funded by the United Nations Trust Fund in Kaduna North and Chikun Local Government Areas of the state. Insp. Elisha Yaro, who spoke on behalf of security agencies, promised to facilitate the prosecution of GBV perpetrators in the community. Yaro advised community members to always report cases of rape and other forms of GBV to the nearest police station or other designated government agencies, for appropriate action to be taken. In his remarks, Mr Ibrahim Kurah, who presented on behalf of youths and community stakeholders, advised GBV survivors to speak out and report cases to appropriate agencies. He said that they would carry out campaigns in Unguwan Romi community against GBV. The women leader, Mrs Larai Aminuson, said that traditional, religious and community leaders would mobilise support for women and girls in the community. Ms Dorothy Samnuel, said that women and girls and other beneficiaries of OSS project would mobilise and support each other to improve the living condition of women in the community. She said that the leaders would organise campaigns to enlighten members on how to prevent GBV, as well as where to report when assaulted. The Focal Person of the project, Ms Bilkisu Gwabin, said that mobilisation of traditional leaders, youths, security personnel and other influencers was aimed at strengthening community participation in curbing GBV. Gwabin said that the project was helping to tackle GBV among women and girls, displaced persons, minority and other vulnerable groups in Ungwan Dosa and Ungwan Romi communities. She added that the project was also to improve the prevention and response to violence against women and girls. “The mobilisation is part of sustainability strategies for the community members to take the lead in curbing GBV in their various communities. “We hope that at the end of the day, the women are empowered to be self-reliant and break the silence on GBV, assist one another, and ensure that the cases are not swept under the carpet,” she said. Also speaking, NGO’s Programme Officer, Gender, Mr Mendie Jeremia, said that the mobilisation effort would help community members to make commitment as part of sustainability strategy toward ending all forms of GBV in the area. The Senior Programme Officer, Communications, Mr Uche Egbe, disclosed that EWEI had launched a toll-free line – 08003934000, to ensure seamless access to help and support GBV survivors. Egbe urged the community members to use the platform and report any case of rape or violence against women in their area.

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