By Abdullahi Yahaya Maikano
Women journalists in Bauchi State have been trained on how to report gender based related issues in order to reduce the menace to the barest, as part of activities to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The training organized by Bauchi State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organization Plan International was to mark the end of the sixteen days of activism on gender-based violence.
Speaking to newsmen, a Gender Advocate Helen John said the training was aimed to equip participants with knowledge of reporting gender-based violence professionally towards curbing it.
Helen John who described gender-based violence as a pandemic said the issue was in existence for decades, hence the need for relevant stakeholders to take urgent steps in ending the menace.
She expressed delight as the sixteen days of activism have yielded positive results where the number of people reporting issues related to it have increased.
On her part the State Chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ Bulak Afsa stressed the need for the establishment of clinics in the state that would provide adequate attention to survivors.
Bulak Afsa further called on the participants to use the knowledge acquired to educate the populace in order to have a violent-free society.
One of the participants interviewed Amina Ahmed maintained that the sensitization came at the right time as the issue of gender-based violence is becoming rampant stressing that all hands must be on deck to eradicate it in the society.
Gender-based violence GBV is the most prevalent visible human rights violation in the world which includes physical, sexual, mental or economic harm inflicted on a person because of socially ascribed power imbalances between males and females and also includes the threat of violence, coercion and deprivation of liberty, whether in public or private.