ASHH Foundation Enhances Technical Capacity of SGBV Committees in Bauchi State
Bashir Hassan Abubakar
A Bauchi based NGO, Attah Sisters Helping Hand Foundation (ASHH Foundation) has built the capacity of some select group of stakeholders, focusing on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Bauchi State.
Speaking shortly before the commencement of Two Days training, the Executive Director of ASHH Foundation, Ms Comfort Attah said one of the main objective of the capacity building for stakeholders was to brainstorm with stakeholders aimed at mapping out strategies for prevention and managing gender based violence in Bauchi State.
The Executive Director encouraged participants to avail themselves the opportunity provided by the training by participating actively stressing that, “This Capacity training was supported by Action Aid and Global Affairs Canada under the Women’s Voice Leadership Project (WVL) of which Bauchi State is one of the States the project is being implemented.
She further said: “The WVL project would seek to ensure implementation of equal rights and opportunities, empowering women and prevention of gender based violence and management in the state,”.
Attah also revealed that research has shown that Violence is the result of a complex interplay of several factors that includes social norms and attitudes.
According to her, “the project will provide training to key stakeholders towards attitudinal change regarding gender based issues , work with their communities at various levels, and enhance skills to be able to detect women at risk.
She urged the participants to always give a listening ears to the voices of local women’s organisations, faith based organisations and government officials in order to identify specific needs of women and girls in the state.
In his presentation, a gender based expert Mr Samuel Dickson has urged the participants to report , prevent and manage gender-based violence in Bauchi state.
He equally charged the Participants not to relent on reporting , preventing and managing gender based violence cases in their immediate communities and beyond.
The resource person further said :”One in three women have experienced gender-based violence (GBV) at least once in their lifetime. Partner violence alone is the most common type of violence experienced by women,”.
Mr Dickson said victims of GBV has also been associated with poor physical and mental health, diminished productivity and lack of economic opportunities.
In a good will message, the Ameera of Federation of Muslims Women Association of Nigeria FOMWAN Bauchi State Chapter, Hajiya Aisha Ibrahim Kilishi also encourages the stakeholders not to hesitate on reporting any form of GBV cases in the society.
“It’s our responsibility to educate and sensitize the society on the dangers of covering up on such cases in the communities”.
The Committee of stakeholders were drawn from the Ministry of Women Affairs, Media, Teaching Hospital, Specialist Hospital, Civil Society Organisations, Police, Civil Defence, FOMWAN, FIDA, CAN, JNI among others.