From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
The European Union Managing Conflict in Northern Nigeria has taken sensitization to Yobe communities to mitigate the challenge of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) as part of activities to commemorate the 16 days of activism.
Speaking to journalists at Pompomari Community in Damaturu, the Team Lead, European Union Managing Conflict in Yobe State, Abdulkadir Sambo revealed, different mechanisms must be put in place as well as adopt a holistic approach that is accepted by both government and communities.
“Fighting sexual gender-based violence cannot be achieved in a single fold, we have to casket it down to the communities to make sure when it happens, what do they do, where do they go to, where can they access services.
“That is why we engage the ministry of justice, police, traditional rulers and civil society organizations whenever there are cases, so we strengthen the justice system for families and victims,” he said.
Alhaji Zanna Lawan, the District Head of Pompomari, one of the community worst hit by SGBV disclosed that the increase in the cases has become a great concern which informed the Emir of Damaturu to charge is wards to take up the SGBV with all sorts of seriousness.
Some participants, Adama Hassan and Ya Kaka Abubakar revealed the regular sensitization by the Managing Conflict in Northern Nigeria have impacted greatly among them by exposing all perpetrators.