Tracking, Reporting SGBV cases: Kaduna Community Join Forces with NGO, Others

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Leaders and other stakeholders in Abakwa community, Kaduna North Local Government Area, Kaduna State, have expressed readiness to ensure that Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) is eliminated in the community.

The leaders spoke at a one day sensitization meeting with community leaders on SGBV, Covid-19 Prevention and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, organized by Voice of the Girl Child and Vulnerable People Foundation (VGCVPF), in partnership with African Network of Adolescents and Young persons Development (ANAYD), Education as Vaccine (EVA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In their separate responses to the message delivered by Aisha Bello, Executive Director, VGCVPF, the leaders agreed to work with the NGO, to bring cases of SGBV to the barest minimum in the community by tracking and reporting cases.

They said they will ensure that women and young girls especially would be adequately protected henceforth and that they are ready to report any case of SGBV to VGCVPF and their partners so they can take action.

On Covid-19, they pledged to ensure that the guidelines are strictly adhered to in the community so as to end the spread of the virus while their people live in safety.

Aisha Bello, after the sensitization, commended the community for their cooperation and responses, adding “am happy to say that most of them are aware of all these things because they happened around them and to an extent we feel that they are more enlightened now.

“And they really agreed to work with us in reporting cases of gender based violence. We discussed Sexual and Reproductive Health ; where we talked about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs), teenage pregnancies and family planning.

“So that they would be aware because most of those things happening around us, the adolescents don’t really know where to go. So the parents should try as much as possible to listen to their kids on issues and give them adequate advice on what to do and where to go when it has to do with their reproductive health.

She said the community leaders were also taught about Covid-19 and it’s preventive measures, the symptoms and stigma and discrimination among people that were infected with the virus and ways they can access services like testing, medical treatment.

Aisha, said as a team, they have also come to terms with the community to set up a committee of five per team in different locations within the community that would become a watch to track and report issues of SGBV.

Over 50 community leaders comprises men, women, youths, girls and persons living with disabilities participated in the sensitization.

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