Some Civil Society Organisations have raised alarm on the disturbing rate of Gender-based Violence, GBV in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, attributing the prevailing insecurity as responsible for the surge.
They said this during a one-day capacity building for women, youth groups, and religious leaders, drawn from local councils and wards, to build their capacity, to sensitise community members, on the need to report cases of GBV, to authorities not only to punish perpetrators but to also provide care for the victims.
The prevailing security challenges in Zamfara State are impacting negatively on socio-economic activities, and have resulted in the escalation of gender-based violence in the state.
Gender activists have said the situation is alarming, but identified under-reporting of the cases and insecurity, as some of the factors responsible for the increase in Zamfara State.
It is against this backdrop that the one-day capacity building for over thirty participants, consisting of women, youths, religious, and community leaders, to acquaint them with the requisite knowledge, and return home to create awareness on the menace, so that people can report cases of GBV to authorities, to tackle it timely.
Some of the participants spoke about their takeaways from the training, on conflict sensitivity and advocacy, for curbing Gender-based Violence, GBV in Zamfara State.
Participants harped on the need for all hands to be on deck, to tackle the rising cases of gender-based violence, through awareness creation, that could help the victims report cases to authorities, saying by so doing, they can rid Zamfara State of Gender -Based Violence