The May report of the gender-based violence group, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has shown that rape cases in Kano State have dropped to zero, while there is almost 150 per cent increase in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
CITAD’s Gender-Based Violence Project Officer, Buhari Abba, told journalists that due to increased awareness and advocacy, victims were now reporting different kinds of violence using the GBV app specifically designed for the purpose.
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Abba said, “In comparison with the data obtained in previous months, GBV cases are still on the increase. 85 cases were reported via our GBV app for the month, which includes sexual harassment, online harassment, sexual abuse and wife battering.”
According to him, GBV thrives only when all stakeholders keep quiet and allow it to fester.
While appealing to parents, relatives and guardians to always report cases of GBV to relevant authorities or NGOs, he called on the government to ensure that laws are enacted to bring the perpetrators to justice.