The Kano state leadership of Motion Picture Practitioner’s Association of Nigeria, (MOPPAN) has expressed its readiness to partner with a non-governmental organization, Centre Information Technology and Development (CITAD), in tackling the scourge of gender-based violence, especially violence against women and girls.
This was disclosed when the Chairman of MOPPAN, Malam Ado Mohammed Gidan Dabino received a delegation of CITAD at his office during an advocacy visit.
Ado Gidan Dabino, 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.
He also mentioned that forced marriages, which are performed by families before their children hit adulthood are a major source of gender-based violence.
He also emphasized the importance of greater awareness initiatives and reorientation programs in Kano state, especially the grassroots communities.
Ado Gidan Dabino also said that Movies are a compelling tool when it comes to raising awareness and educating people, and also films are an important way to share people’s stories and prompt debate to address gender-based violence-related issues.
On his part, the Center’s Research Assistant, Buhari Abba revealed that CITAD is worried about the rate of cases concerning sexual violence occurring.
“The increasing rate of GBV is why at CITAD we started campaigning against this menace with support from Ford Foundation,” he said
Mr Buhari stated that the partnership is geared towards combating the cancerous problem of gender-based violence in Kano state by promoting awareness using the film industry.
PRIME TIME NEWS gathering that CITAD decided to partner with MOPPAN and film industry members having realized their presence and influence l will be assented in reaching out to Kano state residents.