As Africa Media Development Foundation begins the implementation of its 12 months’ project on preventing Gender Based Violence in Kajuru and Kaduna North Local Government Areas of Kaduna State, staff of the organization were taken through a refresher training on understanding the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law and Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) policy.
The training which took place at the AMDF training room on 7th September, 2021 was aimed at equipping the staff with relevant knowledge on the VAPP law and GESI policy to engage effectively with community members and also advocate for full implementation of the law in Kaduna state.
The Executive Director, AMDF Iliya Kure, said violence against women and girls remain a threatening issue that is often ignored, noting that the media has the power to change the narratives if they well understand the issues.
Hence, through the project, the organization will be working with professionals, religious and traditional rulers and the media to reduce violence against women and girls.
Kure said engaging the media will boost reportage of issues that were hitherto ignored or overlooked. He therefore called on experts to be open to speak with the media to address violence against women and girls as it will go a long way in creating awareness on the issue.
The Trainer and Chairperson, Kaduna State Observatory Steering Committee on Violence against Women and Girls, Barr. Amina Audi Mohammed described violence as any act or attempted act which causes or may cause any person physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, emotional or economic harm.
Some of the offences covered by the law, she said include circumcision or female genital mutilation, harmful traditional practices, forceful eviction from home or refusing access or depriving a person liberty or freedom.
She explained that domestic violence could be perpetrated on any person in a domestic relationship that may cause imminent harm to the safety, health or wellbeing of any person as well as denial of inheritance or succession rights, unreasonable deprivation of economic or financial resources to which any person is entitled to, amounts to economic abuse and are covered by law.
These offences, she said, the VAPP law passed in 2014 seeks to curb with stiffer punishments as against the old Penal Code that was in existence before independence.
Barr. Amina therefore, called on AMDF to advocate for the eradication of harmful traditional practices that continually aid the perpetuation of all forms of violence against persons.
The Project titled: Advocating for the Prevention of Gender Based Violence is being implemented by AMDF with support from Rise Up, a project of Public Health Institute, John Hopkins University, USA.