By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF), with support from Rise Up, a project of Public Health Institute (Johns Hopkins University USA), has commenced the implementation of a VAWG Project titled, “Advocating for the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in 12 Communities of Kaduna State.”
This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Director,AMDF, Iliya Kure, dated Monday September 6, 2021.
It explained that the project is aimed at curbing incidences of gender-based violence in identified communities in two local government areas of Kaduna State, namely, Kaduna North and Kajuru.
“During the 12-month implementation period, AMDF will use Community Based Action Volunteers (COMBAV) in project communities to serve as rural response strategy/team for reduction of incidences of Violence Against Women and Girls.
“The COMBAV Team is made up of Volunteers responsible for promoting gender equity within their communities; they will work as community-based action teams to challenge harmful practices and attitudes, sensitise residents on existing laws, as well as assist with referrals to relevant social services (Police, Social Welfare, Health, Commission on Human Rights, Traditional and Religious leaders), among others,” it explained.
AMDF further said that the COMBAV team members will be trained on VAWG, Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law, Conflict Resolution, as well as Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Policy of Kaduna State.
It said that Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), is a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime.
“In Kaduna State, it is a grave human rights violation, and also a public health problem, affecting not only the physical and mental health of women, but also their lives and self-esteem,” Kure added.