A non- governmental organisation, Alheri Center for Women and Child Care Development in Taraba state has expressed worried over the endemic cases of rape and other gender-based violence against women in the country.
In view of this, the organization has organised a training for secondary school female students of government science secondary school Jalingo on how to curb violence against women.
The training was held Friday at the government Science Secondary School Jalingo to commemorate the International Day for girl child with the team ‘ my voice our equal future’.
The training engaged the young women on incidences of gender-based violence and how they could be addressed.
Speaking at the occasion, the Executive Director, ACWCCD, Eglah Ibrahim said the training was aimed at building the capacity of female students to be able to fight against sexual and gender-based violence in the school and also ensure that they can be able to take leadership positions.
“Today we are training them about the context of the problem to enable them know how they can participate and address the gender based violence in the school and how to make their voices heard and stop violence around them,” said Ibrahim.
One of the facilitators, Kerkebe Ibrahim said the objective of the project was to promote leadership among young girls and to strengthen their resilience against violence, as well as support changes in policies.
She emphasised the need for resilience to enable them speak out on incidences of abuse.
According to her, sexual harassment or any form of violence against women should not be tolerated; saying the training was to strengthen the voices of these young women to be able to have the courage to report abuse whenever it occurs.
Responding on behalf of the students, the head girl of the school, Rakiya Madaki expressed satisfaction with its content, saying that they were embolden to take action.