GBV: Hacey Health Initiative train Young Girls in Kaduna to become Advocates, Champions

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

As part of activities to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an NGO, Hacey Health Initiative with support from Access Bank have trained 28 young girls in Sabo Gari, LGA in Kaduna State to become Gender Based Violence advocates and champion.

Facilitator and Coordinator of the activity in Kaduna State Barr. Jennifer Agbaji, noted that the training became important because Gender Based Violence is one of most oppressive form of gender inequality, posing fundamental barrier to equal opportunities for women, girls and men’s participation in social, economic, and political spheres of life.

According to her, though GBV affects both men and women, but that women are more vulnerable because violence reflects and reinforces existing gap in power relations and consequentially gender inequalities.

“Such violence impedes the achievement of a range of development outcomes, which preludes women from contributing their quota or even benefitting from development initiatives thereby limiting their choices and proven ability.

“Building the capacity of young girls on GBV issues will enable them become advocates for elimination of GBV in their communities, and inform others on the options available for Survivors and Referral Pathways.” Mrs. Agbaje explained.

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

She said the training was aimed at contributing to the UN agenda of achieving Zero GBV and other harmful traditional practices by 2030 at Sabon Gari Local Government in kaduna state.

“The training has equipped the young girls with skills towards becoming advocates and champions for ending GBV and other harmful traditional practices in their communities. They have been enlightened on GBV and other harmful traditional practices towards identifying triggers of GBV and institution that empower them.

“The Young Girls have acquired knowledge on the Violence Against Person’s Prohibition (VAPP) law that empowers the campaign to end GBV as well as the legal referral pathway for GBV response in Kaduna State and how to report GBV cases in the community.” She stated.


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