SGBV: NGO sensitises Zamfara residents on accessing justice

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A Zamfara-based NGO, Voluntary Aid Initiative (VAI), has sensitised 180 residents of Zamfara communities on how to address barriers on access to justice.

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The Project Officer to the NGO, Mr Buhari Ya’u, disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau on Sunday.

The sensitisation programme was themed: “Awareness and Advocacy Campaign program for increased access to Justice aimed at addressing the identified the barriers on access to Justice”.

Moriki said the sensitisation took place in Tsafe, Bilbis, Birnin-Magaji and Nasarawa-Godel communities under Birnin Magaji and Tsafe Local Government Areas of the state, respectively.

“The sensitisation was conducted in collaboration with International Alert under a Project Promoting Stability, Access to Justice and Accountability in North West,” he added.

According to him, the Country Director of International Alert, Paul Nyulaku, supervised the sensitisation programme.

Nyulaku was represented by the National Project Manager, Mr Sunday Jimoh, accompanied by the National Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Officer of the NGO, Mrs Fatima Inusa.

He commended the targeted communities for their active participation that ensured the success of the project in the state.

“The project aimed at inclusive participation of community groups in alternative dispute resolution to reduce the prevalence of community-level violence.

“The project also aims at providing marginalised groups, especially women with opportunities and platforms to make their voices heard and advocate for their concerns.

“This project is also to create a favourable environment for women and other vulnerable groups by dealing with prevalent sexual and gender-based violence.” Nyulaku explained.

A total of 180 participants were drawn from across the four communities including religious and community leaders, youths, women groups, people with disability and minority groups among others.

He said, “You know, in each of the four communities we selected 30 women and 20 men who participated in the sensitisation program”.

“The participants were sensitized on how to address barriers and other challenges hindering access to justice with a view of reducing Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the society.

“We are hopeful that our participants were willing and ready to cascade all the messages to their respective communities,” Nyulaku added.

He appealed to the stakeholders to work as a team to sensitise other community members on how to seek for justice especially on issues related to SGBV, among others.

 

NAN/Wumi

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