16 Day Activism: ActionAid takes GBV sensitisation to Kado fish market in Abuja

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Base Violence (GBV), ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has taken GBV sensitisation campaign to Kado fish market in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The deputy country director of ActionAid Nigeria, Suwaiba Mohammad Dankabo, during the sensitization campaign explained that it is to enlightened traders in the market because many of them don’t have time to watch television, listen to the radio, or attend meetings or workshops.

According to her, Gender-Based Violence is perpetrated against a women and girls and there is need for the public to invest time and resources to ensure they stand against this act.

She said the campaign serves as a platform to educate, inform, and engage the public on the contribution they can make to ensure that violence against women and girls is reduced in their various communities. 

She said that the ActionAid Nigeria is committed to fight Gender-Based Violence, we are carrying out a market sensitization and awareness activity to inform the public on how they can invest to prevent violence against women and girls.

She said they spend much of their time in the market and some of the harassment we are addressing happens in the market.

She said they want to ensure that sensitization reaches everyone, which is why they came to the market to engage with the traders.

Dankabo said it is not just about women, that men are also involved adding that traditional leaders, policymakers, and everyone needs to be aware and understand what violence is.

She said there is need for collective efforts to invest in ending violence against women and girls, including putting resources in place for effective campaigns against gender-based violence.

Highlighting the broader perspective, Dankabo said gender-based violence is not limited to women alone but to acknowledge the societal norms and the need to address the marginalization of women.

Also, the Chairman of the Fish Market Trader Association, Ibrahim Muhammad said in their constitution, they have  special place for women to ensure their inclusion in every market position.

He further said that they have women leaders in the market, and they have their own executives managing their affairs.

Muhammad also emphasized efforts to support widows, allocating space for them, and providing trainings for market task forces and union task forces to handle women-related matters with care, considering their vulnerability to market issues.

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