By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A Gender-based expert, Mr. Samuel Dickson has urged stakeholders to report, prevent and manage gender-based violence in Bauchi State.
Dickson made the call at a two-day workshop organized for the Bauchi State Management Committee on gender based violence on Thursday in Bauchi.
He stressed the need to evaluate the incidence of gender-based violence and on women’s physical and mental health.
“One in three women have experienced gender-based violence (GBV) at least once in their lifetime, and partner violence alone is the most common type of violence experienced by women,” he said.
According to him, GBV has also been associated with poor physical and mental health, diminished productivity, and lack of economic opportunities and agency.
Executive Director, Attah Sisters Helping Hand (ASHH) Foundation, Mrs. Comfort Attah, said the capacity building for stakeholders was supported by Action Aid and global affairs Canada under the women’s voice leadership project (WVL).
She explained that the project is geared to ensure implementation of equal rights and opportunities, empowering women and prevention of gender based violence and management in Bauchi state.
Attah who said that the two-day capacity building for stakeholders would map out strategies of prevention and managing gender based violence in Bauchi state, saying however that gender-based is a global problem.
Mrs. Comfort Attah explained that little rigorous research exists on the effectiveness of interventions that aim to reduce and prevent such violence.
“Violence is the result of the complex interplay of several factors, including social norms and attitudes,” she said
“We provide training to key stakeholders towards shifting attitudes regarding gender, work with their communities at various levels, and increase skills to detect women at risk’.
She urged the stakeholders to continue listening to the voices of local women’s organizations, faith based organizations, and government officials to identify specific needs of women and girls in the state.
The Amira, Federation of Muslims Women Association of Nigeria FOMWAN, Hajiya Aisha Kilishi also inspired the stakeholders not to hesitate reporting any GBV cases in the society.
“It’s our responsibility to educate and sensitize the society on the dangers of covering it hoarding gender based violence in the communities.
It was learnt that the Committee of the stakeholders were drawn from the Ministry of Women Affairs, Media, teaching hospital, specialist Hospital, Civil Society Organizations, Police, Civil Defense, FOMWAN, FIDA, CAN, JNI among others.