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By Lola Seriki- Idahosa, Kaduna. Trace Reporters –In its effort to promote gender equity within communities, Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) in collaboration with Rise up and Public Health Institute takes campaign against Gender-based violence to Kaduna Local Government Areas.
Declaring open the activities, Orientation/Planning Meeting and signing of MOU with CSOs, FIDA, Religious Leaders, Community Leaders, Media, Consultants and AMDF staffs at Arewa House, Kaduna on the 15th September.
The communities will work as community-based action teams to challenge harmful practices and attitudes, sensitise residents on existing laws, as well as assist with referrals to relevant social services (Police, Social Welfare, Health, Commission on Human Rights, Traditional and Religious leaders), among others.
Addressing the meeting, the Project Manager, Benjamin Yunana Maigari said the project will take place in twelve Communities spread across five Districts in the two LGAs.
The Two Local Government Areas are Kaduna North and Kajuru, saying a survey conducted revealed that harmful traditional practices are common in the two LGAs.
He noted that Christians and Muslims clerics kicked against GBV .
Also speaking, the Executive Director of AMDF, Mr. Iliya Kure, explained that the gathering was to sensitize people from the communities in the project.
According to him, “We secured grants to do a project around violence against women and girls. We are specific about this project. We are looking at issues that boarders around women and girls” he said.
A legal practitioner, Amina Audi Muhammad said violence against Women and Girls comes in different forms, but, unfortunately, people concentrate on rape cases alone because it is more pronounced.
Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), is a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. In Kaduna state, it is a grave human rights violation, and also a public health problem, affecting not only the physical and mental health of women, but also their lives and self-esteem.
The project is aimed at curbing incidences of gender-based violence in identified communities in 2 Local Government Areas of Kaduna state, namely, Kaduna North and Kajuru.
During the 12-month implementation period, AMDF will use Community Based Action Volunteers (COMBAV) in project communities to serve as rural response strategy/team for reduction of incidences of Violence Against Women and Girls.
The COMBAV Team is made up of Volunteers responsible for promoting gender equity within their communities; they will work as community-based action teams to challenge harmful practices and attitudes, sensitise residents on existing laws, as well as assist with referrals to relevant social services (Police, Social Welfare, Health, Commission on Human Rights, Traditional and Religious leaders), among others.
COMBAV Team members will be trained on VAWG, Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law, Conflict Resolution, as well as Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Policy of Kaduna State.
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