Religious leaders gather to end GBV in Niger

Religious leaders gather to end GBV in Niger
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Kalejaiye addressing participants

As part of efforts to curtail all forms of violence across the state, religious leaders from the Christian and Muslim bodies in Niger state have brainstormed and vowed to take the message of “stop violence now” to their followers.

While appealing to participants which include pastors and imams on Tuesday at a one day capacity building on Strengthening Community Active Participation Against Gender Based Violence (SCAPAGBV) for religious leaders in Minna, the Program Director Global Promoters for Community Initiative (GPCI), Mr. Olasukanmi Kalejaiye said, the rate of violence will reduce in the society if they (religious leaders) make it a point of duty.

According to him “I want to appeal to us to see that we all raise the awareness about the negative impacts of gender based violence on survivors, the community and the role of individuals and communities in combating and preventing GBV.”

Speaking on Engaging Faith Actors in Ending GBV in the Society, Kalejaiye said the main aim is to see that cases of abuse are reduced in the society with the help of religious leaders who have large followership.

He further charged the religious leaders to help amplify the advocacy for the implementation of Violence Against any Person Prohibition (VAPP) Laws and the establishment of a dedicated court for prosecuting GBV cases in Niger state.

Participants

One of the participants and chairman, Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) Chanchaga local government area, Special Apostle Sunday Ojimi said the fight against GBV amongst families start from the church and that “at our various services, we will ensure we advise members and draw their attention to the VAPP Laws in the state”.

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Also, an Imam from the Minna Central Mosque, Nuhu T. Babanmallam assured that, the message of how to stop violence against persons irrespective of their gender will be preached during the Jumaat every Friday.

Leaders were drawn from various Islamic sects and church denominations within the Minna metropolis which comprises of Chanchaga and Bosso local government areas assured that they will support the push for the VAPP Laws and to see that courts are established to attend to such cases.

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