From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
A coalition of concerned women, struggle on women’s Rights and social justice, popularly known as Jigawa Women of Resilience has called for speedy trial of cases with regards to Gender Based Violence (GBV), Ban on Child Labour and Trafficking.
The chairperson of the coalition Haj. Ummi Jibril Abba made the call shortly after a review meeting with stakeholders held on Sunday at State Library, Dutse, the State’s capital.
The Coalition also called for relevant stakeholders working around GBV to put more effort to ensure that the menace has been reduced as this will indicate effective implementation of the VAPP Law and reduce the constant increase of sexual harm against boys and girls.
The chairperson added that, after the meeting, the group understood the need for establishing more Sexual Assault Referral centres in the state considering many have been victims of the violence.
The Coalition also appealed to the Government to map out plans for an aggressive enlightenment campaign against street hawking by the girl-child as part of the modalities for effective enforcement of the ban on street hawking and child labour.
“Enforcing a ban on street hawking, tracking and other forms of child labour will, if not bring an end, reduce sexual assault and other harm on Children” She disclosed.
While making remarks on the roles of parents and caregivers, the coalition urged them to put all efforts towards protecting their children as evil acts are becoming the order of the day while highlighting the recent disheartening manslaughter vested in an innocent five-year-old boy that resulted in losing his life in the state.
According to her, women’s Rights and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) as an umbrella body has spent a huge amount of money on capacity building through a series of training for traditional/religious leaders, Ministry, Departments and Agencies as well as about 80 women who form the Jigawa Women of Resilience.
The group however urged all stakeholders to complement Government efforts in the fight against Gender Based Violence by calling for investment of adequate attention and resources on GBV issues before they dent the State’s integrity and community security.