The United Nations Women Spotlight Initiative has commenced training of 15 informal social and trade groups on protection and prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Sexual Gender Base Violence (SGBV) in Adamawa.
The groups undergoing the training include members of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Tricycle Union, food vendors, Tea and Meat sellers associations.
Speaking at the training on Wednesday in Yola, Gambo Wada, resource person said the objectives of the training is to collate and share information on prevention and implication of VAWG and SGBV.
“To identify and dialogue around perception, opinions, beliefs and attitudes on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) and VAWG from all survivors.
“To empower key clusters and monitor trends towards establishing context relevant protections and response systems to VAWG/SGBV, Harmful Practices and Sexual Reproductive Health Right”, Wada said.
Also speaking, Mr Dirug Samuel, the state Project Officer, said the programme is being implemented by Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), and urged the participants to make maximum use of the opportunity to understand the objectives of the training.
Samuel said their understanding would help towards reducing the rate of violence against women and girls in the state and country at large.
Umar Abubakar, a participant thanked spotlight initiative for organizing the training and assured that they would step down the training to their respective members.
Also speaking, Grace Sunday, a food vendor, said that the training has given them the opportunity to understand different forms of violence and abuses against women, and would ginger them to campaign against them.