Sultan Foundation partners scholars, traditional institutions to tackle Gender Based Violence



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Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development, an NGO, has engaged Islamic scholars and traditional institutions on ways to reduce cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in line with the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative (SI) project in Sokoto State.

The ambitious EU-UN SI project is a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and United Nations to eliminate all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), backed by an initial dedicated financial envelope of 500 million pounds from 2018 to 2023.

No fewer than 30 participants, therefore, brainstormed on possible modalities to achieve maximum success based on the religious and traditional norms and values in Sokoto State at a two-day roundtable which begun on Monday.

The event, tagged “Capacity Building for Advocates and Champions Against Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Sokoto State”, was part of a Male Engagement Programme for  Gender Based Violence, Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights and Harmful Practices Reduction processes.

The foundation’s Director of Programmes, Alhaji Aminu Inuwa, said that the event was to look at experts’ provisions on SI documents and to obtain inputs which would be in conformity with religious practices.

He added that it would also be in conformity with the norms and values of people of Sokoto State, and for key stakeholders within the communities to understand the project better.

Inuwa noted that it was also aimed at broadening the participants’ understanding of GBV, SRHR and HP and promote gender equitable norms and preventions.

According to him, the roundtable will help to harness stakeholders’ roles, cooperation and support in prevention and response toward eliminating violence against women and girls in the society.

“The event is also looking into the availability of religious leaders and other key stakeholders that will support the promotion of gender equitable norms and preventions in the state.

“Participants discussed the high prevalence of violence against women and children, with a view to finding adoptable strategies to end violations in Sokoto State.

He added that the foundation was also collaborating with federal and state agencies, international institutions and community based groups in achieving the targeted goals.

The District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, urged participants to consider the present societal effects and plights of all categories of women and children and come up with intellectual resolutions that would tackle the ills and effects.

Umar-Jabbi called on scholars to put aside their differences and focus on people interests and ways to promote social justice and equity for peace and progress.

He described weak laws and improper enforcements as major hitches to the struggle against rape and other related violence against women and children in societies.

The Commander of Sokoto Hisbah Commission, Dr Bello Kasarawa, decried the rampant cases of rape and other abuses with neglect of the survivors across the state.

Kasarawa called for increased collaboration by community members to tackle the menace, stressing that cases of rape, molestation and other forms of violence against women and girls were at alarming rate.

He also complained about poor attitude of law enforcement agencies on prosecution of offenders.

The event Moderator, the Wazirin Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Wali-Juñaidu, who also represented the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, urged professionals to look into the background, logical and linguistic application of laws to arrive at beneficial provisions that could assist the society at large.

Sambo said that the Sokoto State Government had commenced the process of domesticating the Children Protection Right, “with impressive support from stakeholders.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that presentations were made on different topics by scholars and participants proferred solutions to some lingering issues.

The scholars called for audience with the Sultan, active collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, the police and other prosecuting agencies.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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