NGO mobilises 360 GBV response volunteers in Sokoto

Project Alert, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) trained 360 community volunteers on reporting and referrals of and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases in Sokoto rural communities.
Dr Mudassir Ahmad-Gado, the Project Alert Focal in Sokoto state, said the volunteers engaged were from Sokoto North and Tangaza Local Government Areas respectively.

Ahmad-Gado said the teams comprised 90 men and 90 women in of the two local government areas.
He said that they were empowered basic skills on handling survivors, reporting perpetrators and surrounding circumstances.
He said that the exercise was part of EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Project aimed at elimination of violence against women and .

According to him, the exercise is a capacity building for the groups and participating groups community based , rights groups, religious associations as well as youth and women groups.
A facilitator, Dr Auwal Ahmad-Musa, dwelt history and rising cases of GBV in our societies as well as educated the participants on prevailing laws and authoritative to channel complaints.

Ahmad-Musa underscored the need to increase awareness and community networking against all forms of GBV and violence against women and .
Another resource and legal practitioner Rasheedat Muhammad led discussions on broadened nature of human abuses, frequent cases of abuses, marriage disputes as well as emotional and physical forms of violence.
Hajia Kulu Nuhu, the Acting Permanent Secretary in Sokoto State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, said that the state was working toward domesticating of child protection rights and other laws to protect women and children.

Nuhu emphasised need for more security agencies, religious and traditional rulers’ commitment on ensuring violence-free society as well as protecting women and noting that many cases were unreported in the communities.(NAN)