By: AISHA SAAD
Stakeholders receives capacity building training on reporting and response to gender based violence.
The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, has organised a two days training on reporting and response to gender based violence, to gender desk officers from line ministries, staff of the Ministry and physically challenged. At Women development centre, Yola. Powered by UN WOMEN.
The participants were exposed to the core concepts of; ‘Gender, Gender based violence, causes and forms. By a Facilitator, Mr. James Job. He defines ‘Gender’ as culturally ascribed roles assigned by either a man or a woman in a society., ‘Gender based violence as harmful practices perpetrated on people against their will based on socially ascribed gender differences male or Female., ‘Causes of gender based violence’ which includes; Power imbalance, gender inequalities among others. He called on participants to break the culture of gender imbalance among men and women in society.
Also, the second presentation was done on ‘Gender Based Violence Prevention and Responses’, by Barrister. Fatima Raji, who enumerated some root causes of gender based violence and it’s contributory factors such as: Gender inequalities, power imbalance among others. She further, enumerated some consequences of gender based violence to include: HIV/ AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, and unsafe abortion. Barrister. Fatima, went ahead and explained to the participants survivors centre care guiding principles Viz: Safety, respect, confidentiality, and non descrimination. She called on participants to put all hands on desk to prevent, mitigate and respond to cases of gender based violence as a collective responsibility.
The second segment of the training was on ‘Gender Based Violence Reporting’. Where Mr. James went on to guide the participants on how to fill National Gender Based Violence incidence form.
Highlights of the training was questions and answers based on the subject matter and group photograph.