A non-governmental Organisation, Tabitha Cumi Foundation have called for continued advocacy and support for girls at the community level on gender-based violence, GBV to enable them to prevent and respond to all forms of violence.
The Executive Director, Mrs. Tayo Erinle made the call in Abuja at a Baseline Dissemination Meeting on the Flashlight Actions on Girls Safety, FLAGS funded by UN Trust Fund to end violence against women and girls.
Mrs. Erinle explained that the findings from the baseline research on gender-based violence revealed that about 48 percent of girls at the community level do not understand gender-based violence have experienced it and stressed that rape was a common form of violence with no support from family members and the community.
The secretary Masaka, traditional council in Nasarawa state, Alhaji Sani Jigas said the baseline research had revealed hidden information on gender-based violence in the community and encouraged community leaders to adopt new measures to address it.
“This is a wake-up call, we are aware of some of this gender violence but it has not come to our notice fully the way we have seen it now. We are encouraged as community leaders to look into those hidden areas they have highlighted some of these places we have in our communities that over the years we don’t know what is happening in those places until when the case is reported physically before we are aware. But with what they have identified now we will go back and start looking at those areas to get full details so actions can be taken” he said.
The monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Foundation, Ms. Janet Conqueror during a presentation on the findings of the Baseline research revealed that GBV mostly takes place in isolated areas in the communities like lonely pathways, riversides, behind rocks, and is mostly perpetrated by bike men in such locations.
One of the beneficiaries of the Flashlight Actions on Girls Safety, FLAGS, project said the project had made her confident to identify and speak out when violence occurs.
Seven hundred and fifty marginalised adolescent girls from 10 communities in three states of the FCT, Niger and Nasarawa received support through the creation of safe spaces against gender-based violence under the Flashlight Actions on Girls Safety, FLAGS, project.
Reporting by Azizatu Sani, editing by Daniel Adejo.