Group Premieres 4 Films On Gender Based Violence

Group Premieres 4 Films On Gender Based Violence
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Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

A Non-governmental Organisation, the Participatory Communication Through Gender Development  (PAGED) Initiative has  premiered four short films, produced as part of  advocacy to eliminate Gender Based Violence (GBV) and harmful practices affecting women and children in Nigeria.

The films were produced by some Female Champions under the Gender Empowerment Through Film and Dialogue Project (Get FaD), a project  Implemented by PAGED Initiative in collaboration with the African Women Development Fund (AWDF). 

Speaking during the premiere over the weekend, Program Director, Ummi Bukar said the films will be used for sensitisation and advocacy purposes across the country on GBV among a variety of audiences.

She explained that as part of the project, 12 young women, who had never made films before were trained on gender, GBV and film making to help them produce short documentaries in their communities. 

” These ladies went into their communities and decided to work on different gender issue in their communities. 

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” Their aim is to showcase to the world for people to talk about it. These ladies have visited communities for certain dialogue on gender based violence.

” To ensure that stories coming from the communities about GBV are by the people who live in the communities and also share within the communities, dialogue within the communities and the possible solutions that are also brought out from within the communities.

” We want the government sector, media and relevant authorities to see what these young ladies have achieved at this short period of time.

“The aim is to influence people in communities to advocate for the Violence Against Person’s Prohibition Act(VAPP Act) within their communities, especially as so many states in Nigeria are yet to domesticate it.

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” So what we hope to do is to bring about their issue of GBV in different communities so that community members can understand how much of a problem it is and why they need to advocate for the VAPP Act to be implemented in all states,” she said.

One of the Female Champion, Aisha Malumfashi, who directed  a short documentary, ‘Invisible Wounds’  explained that the focus  was on emotional abuse some women in Gombe State face, adding that it highlights the trauma and psychological effects the women go through in the hands of their spouses.

Also, Priscilla Victor and Neemah Musa’s ‘Unseen’ discusses the harmful traditional practices affecting women, particularly in the Fulani communities.

The film highlighted how the Fulani women are relegated to the background in decision making in the communities, even with policies that concern them.

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Helen Gala’s ‘Shattered Dream’ and Oluwatobi Ahmed,’s ‘Contrained’ also spoke of the many practices that undermine women’s right, including early and forced marriages.

The films also discussed  effects of lack of education, which exposes women to exploitation and inhuman treatment in the society.

The premiere also provoked discussions by various panelists on the need for greater sensitization for women on their rights, the need for women empowerment, for women to support women and promulgation of laws that will protect women in the society.


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