Bauchi community to end sexual gender based violence


Bauchi community sexual violence.

By Ahmed Ahmed

Kafin Tafawa community, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis in Bauchi State, has vowed to end the menace of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) that robs children of their right in the area.

The community made the pledge during a sensitization and awareness campaign to mark the 2021 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence tagged, “SAY ENOUGH” on Sunday at Kafin Tafawa, Bauchi.

Mr Yohanna Daniel, the communty leader in Kafin Tafawa, said that the area has structures that look-in to the issue of sexual gender based violence.

He said that the structures include the community peace security, religious and traditional leaders who always come together to deliberate and proffer solutions to all social vices in the community.

“As stakeholders of the community, we will not sit down and the menace, which robs our children the privilege to enjoy their rights and freedoms as enshrined in the nation’s constitution,” he said.

Also, Malam Buhari Abdullahi, the Chief Imam of Kafin Tafawa Mosque, said that leaders, such as pastors, teachers, village elders and government officials regularly convene to discuss local SGBV cases and issues.

“Many of these leaders, specifically pastors and lay leaders, are trained by local professionals on how to counsel trauma victims and guide them through the service referral process,” he said.

On his part, Reverend Samson Usman said sexual, physical, verbal, psychological and domestic violence bedevilling children, particularly girls and women, need to be eradicated.

“We will try our best to ensure that gender-based violence is completely eliminated in our community  Kafin Tafawa,” he said.

Mr Jang  Ajemasu, facilitator and community engagement associate with Switch Media, emphasised the need for community leaders prevention efforts to focus on equipping volunteer community mobilizers.

“To educate their wider communities on GBV through awareness events and individual interactions.

“Ending violence against women and girls helps promote equality and advance human rights.

“Society must first understand that violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights,” Ajemasu said.

Another facilitator, Mr Elkanah    Samuel of Field Department with Child Gold Foundation, called on the community to respond to the victims of  SGBV.

“Victims should be provided safe homes or houses where they can be away from the perpetrators. Separating victims is an important factor in responding to GBV victims.

“The safety of the victims should be a top priority because their lives could be in danger. The locations of victims should be kept secured for their safety,” he said.

The awareness campaign was organised by Switch Media in collaboration with Child is Gold to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.


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