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NGO seeks for sensitisation against gender based violence

A non-governmental Organisation, Aish Initiative has called for sustained sensitization on the tenets of the laws against gender-based violence at the community and grassroots levels as a measure to curb the rate of rape and sexual violence in the country.

The Vice-president of the Organization, Mr. Amuche Okoro made the call at a One Day Community sensitization programme on Gender-Based Violence at Karu community of the FCT.

According to Mr. Okoro, the understanding of the laws was fundamental in encouraging Nigerians to speak up whenever they experience or witness any form of gender-based violence.

The acting Director National Orientation Agency, FCT, Directorate Mrs. Comfort Ogunmola, explained that the Agency was engaging relevant tools to educate the people on discussion surrounding gender-based violence.

“we have so many platforms that we use, which includes this kind of community sensitization, we go as far as using social media platforms. We have our commission in the 774 local government and most of the staff that we have there are people who speak the people’s languages which make it easier for them to communicate and present the government’s policies and programmes.” She said 

The representative of the ministry of women affairs, Mr. Emeka Nwabueze, who educated the women on the various forms of gender-based violence urged women and girls in the community to report to local authorities when they experience or witness violence.

On his part, the Emir of Karu, Dr Emmanuel Yepwi represented by a District Head, Mr. Atnadu Shanyibwa acknowledged the importance of the community outreach programme on gender-based violence as they have been enlightened on the various ways to address the different forms of gender-based violence. 

Reporting by Azizatu Sani, editing by Daniel Adejo