‘No Room For Gender-Based Violence In Sokoto’

Leaders of the Sokoto GBV Response Team during the courtesy visit
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From Ankeli Emmanuel, Sokoto

Sokoto State commissioner of Women and Children Affairs and the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Hadiza Shagari and Alhaji Hayatu Alhaji on Tuesday have reiterated that the state has zero tolerance for Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

Shagari, who spoke when the Sokoto State Gender Based Violence Response Team (SGBV-RT) officials paid her a courtesy visit at the Giginya Secretariat, stressed that all forms of violence against human beings must be discouraged.

The commissioner who appluaded the GBV -Response Team for their continued dedication to the cause of humanity, added that, “the ministry is ever ready to collaborate and work with the team towards ensuring an end to all forms of GBV in the state””. 

Supporting the position of the commissioner, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Hayatu Alhaji, affirmed that he has heard many testimonies of the good work the GBV Response Team has been doing in the state. 

While noting that he is personally impressed with the activities of the GBV Response Team in Sokoto, Alhaji Hayatu thanked all development partners working in the state for their continued support. 

Speaking, Sokoto state chairman of GBV-Response Team, Malam Rabiu Gandi, hinted that they had come to congratulate the new commissioner and the permanent secretary and advocate before them the need to buy into the activities of the Response Team. 

Giving insight into what the Response Team does, Rabiu Gandi said it was the idea of the Spotlight Initiative geared towards ending all forms of Gender Based Violence, (GBV), Violence Against Women and Girls, (VAWG), Harmful Practices (HP) and encouraging human diginity. 

Gandi noted that the Response Team also has survailance teams across some local government areas of the state that also report all forms of GBV for appropriate response. 

“The Response Team  provide services in a referral form. This is so because, the Team comprises of  organizations with diverse professionals. 

“There is the health services, legal services, post trauma counseling, second chance education, skills aquisation for self reliance amongst numerous other services provided to survivors of GBV by the Response Team”, Gandi hinted. 

Co-chairman of the Response Team, Barrister Rashidat Mohammed, said it is a platform that intensify efforts towards prevention of all forms of Gender Based Violence.

Also speaking, the deputy chairman of Sokoto GBV-Resonse Team, Mr Joseph Julius hinted that the team has religious and traditional leaders, media executives as well as professionals from other walks of life as members all working for the sake of humanity.  

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