By: Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
A Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO), Workingroupng4peace (WYPS-WAS NG) said it has mapped out plans to addressing the root and structural causes of violence against women and girls.
According to the NGO the plan includes the need to curb sexual and gender -based violence.
The state Coordinator of the Working Group,Hajiya Amina Bala Jibrin who spoke at a Press Conference at the Weekend to officially Launch the organisation’s campaign in Bauchi said though violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence”but we are focusing on prevention to stop the violence”.
Amina said, “Given the devastating effect of violence on women, efforts have mainly focused on responses and services for survivors”.
She opined that the best way to end violence against women and girls is to prevent it from happening in the first place by addressing its root and structural causes.
“In Bauchi State, we are faced with several challenges including economic crisis, triggered by inequalities in the distribution of wealth, communal and religious clashes, climate change, political thuggery, child abuse and youth restiveness, kidnapping ,rape, pre and post -election crisis and gender based violence”. Amina lamented.
She however noted that it is imperative to know that women and youth suffer massively in such devastating consequences.
According to Amina, “There is a growing recognition that women and youth in conflict situation must be viewed with not only as victims but also as agents for peace and security in their communities.
She added that, due to their gender roles of productive, reproductive and community engagements, women play active roles in providing care and support to their families and communities.
“In some other situations, their act of peace builders and plays a reconciliatory role within the community. On post election crisis, women can also play a significant role in educating youth on the consequences of such act “. Amina said.
While lamenting that the organisation is faced by paucity of funds, she however noted that the Working Group was committed to ensuring prevention of conflict and all forms of violence against women and girls.
The group also expressed its determination to achieve its set objectives including increasing participation and engagement of women and inclusion of women interest in decision -making process related to conflict prevention and peace building.