An NGO ‘Center for Girls Education’ (CGE), has urged engaged Pair Group Educators in Sokoto state to redouble efforts on promoting awareness and community response against Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The CGE State Team Lead, Mrs Ubaida Abdulnasir, made the call during the group’s review meeting on Friday in Sokoto.
Abdulnasir said that CGE, supported by Spotlight Initiative Project is implementing Ripple Project where 40 Pair Group Educators were engaged on community surveillance and education across the state.
She said that the groups were educating people especially their pairs on best way to handle GBV cases, support survivors and eliminate violence against women and girls.
The Team Lead called for increased efforts toward spotlighting prevalence of GBV, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Female Gentile Mutilation (FGM), Child Marriage (CM) and other Harmful Practices in the state.
She said the meeting was targeted at reviewing group activities, achievements, challenges and provides new modalities of implementation as well as possible areas of coverage.
” The educators were trained on ways to assist girls on protecting themselves against GBV and promoting engagements on economic skills.
” They underwent training on proper data collection and keeping techniques, information sharing among their pairs and strategy methods to facilitate quality work.
” We designed focus areas in order to prepare the Peer Group Educators to be more active in pursuing the goals in their communities.
” Topics comprised techniques on information sharing and advocacy, self-esteem, goal setting and decision making, values clarification, assertiveness and public speaking among others, ” Abdulnasir said.
According to her, the project was important in recognition of the effects of COVID-19 pandemic which restricted people movements and girls were mostly at home.
The event featured the presentation of an overview of activities, questions and answers on methods of approaches, mitigation measures and enhance modalities of data collection.