Centre for Gender Studies, Bayero University, Kano, has expressed readiness to partner with Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), in tackling the scourge of gender-based violence, especially violence against women and girls in Kano state.
The Director, Centre for Gender Studies, BUK, Dr Suwaiba Sa’id-Ahmed, stated this today Tuesday, when the CITAD GBV project team on an advocacy visit to the centre.
Dr Suwaiba said that ignorance remains one of the major reasons behind the escalating rate of gender-based violence, especially violence directed at women and girls in society.
She said that Bayero University, Kano had well-articulated and clear rules and regulations regarding gender based violence. She also explained that the rules and regulations provided an environment that was safe, non-discriminatory, non-exploitative and free from harassment and sexual assault.
Dr Suwaiba also added that in its commitment to fight against gender violence, the centre was launched a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Protection Policy last week. She added that the Centre launched a whistle blowing platform that explains GBV and also guides on reporting and professional advice for survivors.
According to the Gender Technical Officer of the CITAD, Zainab Aminu, said the visit was to officially introduce the project to the centre to seek commitment and support in preventing gender based violence in the state.
She added that violence against women and girls is evil confronting all communities in our state today. We admit that it happens in our homes, institutions, places of work and even in religious organizations.
Zainab Aminu suggested that young women and girls particularly in the rural areas are more vulnerable to gender-based violence due to ignorance and harmful cultures, saying all hands should be on deck to address the menace.
The director further revealed that the Bayero University Centre for Gender Studies would continue to strengthen partnerships with other non – governmental organisations on gender policy and gender-based violence-related issues and also request that CITAD with the support of the Centre hold a public sensitization within the school to strengthen awareness.