Sequel to reports of an increase in Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Kano State, an NGO, Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative, also known as Partners West African Nigeria (PWAN), has revealed that there is a strong need for action to tackle the menace.
This was disclosed by the Programme Officer of PWAN, Hadiza Usman, during a stakeholders’ meeting on SGBV, women inclusion and countering violence in Kano State organised by PWAN with support from the Yar’Adua Foundation.
She explained that the theme of the meeting: “Promoting Effective Participation of Women in Governance and Comparing GBV in Nigeria”, was carefully selected to proffer a way out, as well as bridge identified gaps.
She said, “The meeting is to showcase success stories and best practices from similar initiatives to inspire and provide practical insights, discuss proposed strategies, action plans and initiatives to address SGBV, promote women’s inclusion and counter violence, as well as to encourage open dialogue and foster collaboration among stakeholders.”
In his address, the Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, disclosed that based on several reports on the rising cases in the state, there was the need for positive action to address the issue before it went out of hand.
Represented by the Katukan Kano, Alhaji Habibu Dankadai, the emir said the Kano State Emirate Council was always ready to partner with associations working in the sector and agencies saddled with the responsibility of ensuring sanity to ensure that SGBV cases were reduced to the barest minimal not only in Kano State, but in Nigeria as a whole.