A Non-Governmental Organization, Ikra Foundation for Women and Youth Development (IFWYD) says it will partner with the Bauchi state command of the Nigeria Police Force to fight the scourge of Gender and Sexual-Based Violence that is taking a toll on innocent girls and women in the state.
The Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs Amina Garuba, made the declaration on Tuesday during a meeting between the organization, the police command and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Bauchi.
The Director said her Foundation had written to the state command on GSBV and the need for the partnership, which would provide stakeholders an avenue to strengthen the capacities of key players fighting SGBV.
Mrs Amina Garuba pledged to make available copies of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) to the state command and all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state, hoping that it will inform the kinds of decisions law-enforcement officers make regarding SGBV.
She said the Foundation will train all the state DPOs and Area commands on GSBV. “We will provide the VAPP law to all the participants for better understanding and proper implementation of the law.
“SGBV requires collective effort to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book,” she said.
The Bauchi State Coordinator of UNFPA, Ms Debora Tabara, said that the UN agency was committed to the training of service providers, arguing that it will help to bolster their capacity.
“UNFPA globally led advocacy on GSBV and it built the capacity of service providers, such as health workers, lawyers, police, social welfare workers, among others, in line with the protocol’’, she said.
Making her contributions on behalf of the Bauchi State Police Command, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ms Rose Chollom, said that the command was committed to fighting SGBV, assuring that no SGBV cases would go untreated.