CITAD Launches Mobile App Against Gender Based Violence

INFOMEDIA – The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has launched a digital Android and OS application for monitoring and reporting cases of gender based violence in Kano state and particularly in learning environment.

The application will assist tremendously in addressing the high under-reported gender based violence which take many forms such as sexual harassment in our, rape, spousal abuse, sexual gratification for job or marks, etc in our tertiary institutions, schools and larger communities for fear of being further victimized.

The App is designed to receive information in such a way that it will be a confidentiality-driven reporting system while protecting the identity of the victims and their relatives.

Participants during the training of the champions from different tertiary institutions in Kano

Speaking during the unveiling of the App in Kano, the Executive Director of Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) through the admin officer of the Centre Mal. Buhari Abba said “Gender based violence is a major problem in our society. Although it is seen as an offense against a person, its consequences are collective to the whole society. These consequences are many. One is that it makes school unsafe for the girl children”.

“This is not to say that school is the only site or even the major site of gender violence. On the contrary, gender based violence takes place right from the home and on the way to and from school”.

According to him, the initiative is a step in the right direction “In providing an opportunity for the victims or witnesses of gender based violence to report cases in a way that the privacy of the victims will not be compromised”.

He noted that “CITAD intends to use the data generated in four ways. First we would use the data as a bedrock of our advocacy. With data, it is easier to convince those denying the reality of gender based violence in the society”.

Secondly, “We intend to use the data in our public enlightenment programmes. Third, we would use the knowledge that the data reveals in equipping women and girls with relevant information and knowledge to protect themselves against gender based violence. Finally, we would work with some partners to push for the prosecution of perpetrators of gender based violence”.

He further said that “The initiative is part of a larger project entitled Strengthening Citizens Response and Protection Against Gender Based Violence in Kano, Nigeria that CITAD is implementing with support from Ford Foundation”.

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