Learning Through Skills Acquisition Initiative (LETSAI) has said a total of 755 cases of gender based violence (GBV) recorded based on a research conducted in two local government areas of Borno State in 2022.
This is contained in a research document obtained by Daily Trust in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Wednesday.
It was learnt that the research was conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Children Education Funds(UNICEF).
The Executive Director (LETSAI), Mariam Aliyu, while briefing newsmen on the introduction of the voiceless signal for reporting gender based violence in Maiduguri on Wednesday described the situation as alarming.
Represented by Susan Tanwie, a member of the Borno women led organisation, Aliyu urged the general public to report cases of gender based violence using the sign languages in order to bring an end to the menace.
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She explained that cases reported include intimate partner violence, rape, sexual harassment, and physical abuse.
“Test-run research on the voiceless messages conducted in Shani and Dikwa revealed that a total of 755 participants reported cases of GBV through the voiceless reporting method.
“The cases reported include intimate partner violence, rape, sexual harassment, and physical abuse.
She added, “Many times, survivors of gender-based violence especially women and girls have found themselves in situations where they cannot report abuse by talking, especially when the perpetrators.
“We are committed to bringing an end to violence against vulnerable persons, especially women and girls,” she said.