Traditional rulers back war against gender based violence in Adamawa


By Padio Phineas, Yola

Traditional rulers have joined the vanguard in the war against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Adamawa state.

This comes as escalating GBV and other violent crimes are causing untold devastation across the state.

The Adamawa state Ministry of Health and Women Affairs hosted the traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders to brainstorm on how to quell the GBV menace.

The participants who were sensitized on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse/ sexual harassment were drawn from all the 21 local government areas of the state.

Setting the ball rolling, project coordinator of one of the supporting partners, COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project, Damba Kwinke, said the meeting was aimed at building the capacity of participants to tackle GBV.

According to him GBV was a global phenomenon menacing societies.

On his part, the state coordinator of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. T Ahemen charged the traditional rulers to sustain the campaign, adding that cases should be reported promptly.

“GBV cases should be reported to help survivors to face any sexually transmitted infection, avoid unwanted pregnancy and trauma, and we need to work together to mitigate these menaces in our communities,” Dr. Ehemen said.

Dr. Ahemen noted that the role of traditional rulers was crucial to the success of immunization and outbreak response in the state.

Bar. Fatima Raji Bello outlined the application laws and legislation as it concerns the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.

The project was supported by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project (COPREP) and World Bank,