16 Days of Activism: Hunger, Poverty Fueling Gender Violence – Don
INFOMEDIA – The Director, Centre for Gender Studies, Bayero University, Kano Dr. Suwaiba Ahmed has identified hunger and poverty among other factors as the catalyst for violence against the gender.
The University Don was speaking while presenting paper on reporting and identifying gender-based violence at Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano.
The program which attracted participants from various faculties of the YUMSUK, is organized by the Centre of Information Technology and Development (CITAD), to mark the 2022 International 16 Days Activism.
According to her, “poverty, hunger, harmful cultural practices, female genital mutilation, war, and conflict are some of the major catalysts to gender-based violence”.
She said, “gender-based violence refers to violence directed at a person based on gender, saying that the menace is becoming rampant in society”.
The Director maintained that legislation, education, information dissemination, identifying root causes of societal problems, supporting victims, women empowerment, and zero tolerance for GBV, as some of the ways of mitigating the problem.
She charged the government, and relevant stakeholders to treat gender-based violence as a public health issue, by establishing centers to treat and counsel victims.
On her part, the Centre Gender Technical Officer, Zainab Aminu, appealed to Nigerians to expose the perpetrators of violence against women and the girl-child.
She explained that the event was to create awareness on the dire need for citizens to always speak against Sexual and Gender-based violence.
The 16-day campaign on an international day for the elimination of Violence against women and girls is an annual event aimed at addressing the menace of violence against women and girls across the globe.