The Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development, in collaboration with the European Union/ United Nation’s Spotlight Initiative Project, has sensitised traditional, religious rulers and CSO’s on Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Yola -North Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
The Programme Officer, Dr Ahmad Mustapha, explained that the aim of the two-day sensitisation programme was to discuss the high prevalence of violence against women and girls and adopt strategies for the promotion of gender equitable norms.
He reiterated that a platform for men and the youth will be set up against SGBV in order to eliminate violence and respond to violence against women groups in the society.
He said the involvement of the religious and traditional groups was necessary because they could tremendously help in sharpening the thinking of their followers through giving a special focus on respect to family values, rights of couples, children, welfare, education etc. of women and girls.
Speaking, a representative of the Chairman, Yola North Local Government Area, Zuladdeen Gawi Muhammed, commended the effort made in order to enlighten the people of the grass root against the harmful cultural practices on SGBV.
He called on the general public to embrace change and protect the rights of women and girls in the society.