A non-governmental organization, Ambassadors of Dialogue, Climate and Reintegration (DCR Ambassadors) has successfully trained civil society organizations (CSOs) and women-led peacebuilding institutions on international and national policy frameworks on climate change. Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE), to reduce sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) that continues to threaten women and girls in Borno State.
The training, which brought together members of the Borno Network of women-led CSOs and other organizations, noted that empowering and empowering women will reduce the exposure of vulnerable women and girls who belong to the group to low income.
Speaking at the end of the three-day training on Friday in Maiduguri, Borno Women-led CSOs Secretary Aisha Hamza said statistics showed that out of three women, one must have been abused During his life.
She called on the government to provide education and empowerment programs for women and girls to mitigate instances where abusers use financial incentives to lure vulnerable women and girls to their infamous atrocities.
In his remarks, DCR Ambassadors Program Manager Mr. Richard Inyamkume noted that sexual and gender-based violence is prevalent especially in the context of North East Nigeria due to humanitarian concerns, saying that many women and girls were abused both at home, in camps and in internally displaced persons (IDP) communities.
He added that the government and humanitarian partners needed more collaboration to tackle the threat of sexual and gender-based violence in Borno and other northeastern states that have been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. .
“The three-day training aims to familiarize multi-sectoral actors with international and national policy frameworks and treaty instruments regarding violence against women, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
“DCR ambassadors complement what the government needs to do. The government works through its own specialist agencies to provide medical and legal support, while our organization takes a multi-sector approach to ensure people work within the UN and government policy frameworks that exist. to prevent and respond to SGBV,” said the program manager.
Earlier, addressing the participants, the Executive Director of DCR Ambassadors, Ruth Usman, said that the training was one of the activities planned for the implementation of the organization’s project titled: “Institutional Capacity Building and multisectoral to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence”. (SGBV) and Violence Against Women (VAWG) in Borno State.
Represented by Tarhemba Msendoo Grace, Head of Communications and Ambassadors of DCR, Ms Usman said the project is a 24-month intervention fully funded by the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) and the initiative Spotlight supported by the EU, with technical support from UN Women in Nigeria. and implemented in five targeted local government areas in Borno State, including Maiduguri, Jere, Konduga, Gwoza and Monguno.