MCRP trains enumerators for mapping of GBV service providers

The Multi-Sectoral Crises Recovery Project (MCRP)Yobe state project Coordination Unit Wednesday held stakeholders engagement meeting and training of Enumerators for the mapping of Gender Based Violence (GBV) service provider in the state.

The stakeholders engagement meeting and Enumerators training which took place in Damaturu drew participants from across Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps ,ministries of women affairs, Health, Religious affairs,j ustice, enumerators and Youth.
Others include FIDA , Civil Society Organizations as well as Christian Association and Muslim Ummah Forum respectively.

Yobe State Project Coordinator of the Project, Alhaji Musa Idi Jidawa, said the meeting was very critical, saying all the organizations that are represented at the meeting are the key drivers in the prevention of gender based violence in Yobe state.

He stated that,multi sectoral crisis recovery project (MCRP) is involved in rehabilitation of critical infrastructure such as health facilities, agric infrastructure, WASH facilities that may likely trigger labour influx.

Jidawa further revealed that MCRP has evolved a number of control measures on activities within the communities has attracted influx of labour workforce.
Some of the measures include sensitization of host community members on the GBV and the need for parents and caregivers to safeguard their children,especially young girls who are in the habit of hawking food items around construction sites, training of contractors and their workers on the key responsibilities in the prevention of GBV incidence and signing of code of conduct on GBV prevention by workers.

He said: “The process of preparing the ESMP is robust in such a way that stakeholders’ inputs are given premium and all potential environmental and social risks are assessed,preventive measures are assigned and responsibilities are shared for the implementation of the proposed mitigation plan.

“In addition,the project carry out regular monitoring visits to all sub project sites within the communities to ensure compliance. So far, we have not recorded in incidence of GBV that is exacerbated by the project activities.

“The GBV service providers mapping we conducted in 2021 in 12 LGAs and the second round that we are planning to conduct in the remaining 5 LGAs to includes Nangere, Tarmuwa,Yunusari,Yusufufari and Machina which are all part of the responsibilities we have taken to execute towards prevention of GBV.

“At the end of the mapping exercise,we are going to develop referral directory that will enable construction workers at sites and any other GBV survivor have access to service points with ease.The aim is to map the services that survivors of SEA and other forms of GBV can access in and around communities implementing the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP).

“Activities carried out during the mapping exercise include; stakeholder sensitization meetings to create awareness in the state for the mapping, service availability mapping to assess GBV prevention services and referral pathways in the selected LGAs, focus group discussions (FGDs) to assess the use of services and gender norms in the community,as well as key informant interviews to assess the capacity of providers and stakeholders as regards GBV service provision”.