Monarchs, stakeholders adopt strategy against gender-based violence

Concerned by the increasing rate  of sexual abuse and other forms of gender based violence, the Adamawa state Ministries of Women Affairs, Health and Human Services, supported by COVID-19 Preparedness and Respond Project (coPREP) have organised training workshop and experience sharing on SGBV  for strategic stakeholders in the state.

The multi-sectoral meetings which took place in Yola, Sunday, brought traditional rulers, CSOs, women groups, security agencies and government officials across the 21 local government areas together to brainstorm, share experiences and adopt new approaches to tackle the scourge in the state.

Speaking at the event, the stakeholders who shared their experience and that of their various communities, expressed regret over the increasing rate of gender based violence in various communities across the state and called for more proactive action to stamp the tide.

They advocated for stiffer penalties against offenders, as some vowed to utilise the knowledge acquired during the training to strengthen the fight against SGBv  in their various communities so as to ensure effective implementation of laws against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment through more advocacy.

To further strengthen this effort, the stakeholders adopted a quarterly coordination meetings to be held simultaneously across the 21 local government areas of the state for effective coordination at all levels.