The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with Ikra Foundation for Women and Youth Initiatives and Bauchi state Ministry for Women Affairs and Child Development, on Monday, commenced a three-day training for Community Based Organizations (CBOs) on Gender and Sexual Based Violence (GSBV), Reproductive Health and Obstetric Fistula in the state.
The training which had participants from the 20 Local Government Councils of the qtate would also build the capacity of participants on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law and other harmful practices.
Speaking during the kick-off of the training, the UNFPA Gender and Reproductive health analyst, Miss Deborah Tabara, said that the exercise was to also increase awareness of the state policies, address the gaps on GSBV and change negative harmful practices.
“The program is aimed at addressing gaps in GSBV and Harmful traditional Practices as well as to put a system in place to provide services for fistula patients in Nigeria.
“The programme is funded by the Government of Canada.
“Already, the project is in Kirfi, Gamawa, Tafawa Balewa, Ningi and Itas Gadau, but we have CBOs from the 20 LGA participating in the training.”
Also speaking, the Executive Director of Ikra Foundation, Mrs Amina Garuba, said that participants were expected to conduct community dialogue with relevant stakeholders in the state, adding that the foundation was an implementing partner for UNFPA in Bauchi State.
Garuba said that the CBOs were expected to engage men, women and adolescents in their various communities.
“Ikra Foundation is an implementing partner for UNFPA in this programme and in 2020 a training was earlier conducted,” he said.
Garuba acknowledged that the outcome of the previous training led to the three days training going on in the state now.
Mrs Azimi Abba and Mariya Mamman, who are participants in the training, both confirmed that previous training has set up paths in the communities to address the GSBV and reproductive health.