NGO Engage Traditional rulers, Religious Leaders To Curb SGBV

NGO Engage Traditional rulers, Religious Leaders To Curb SGBV

Blessing Otobong-Gabriel

A Non-governmental organisation, Abiodun Essiet Initiative for girls has on Thursday engaged religious institution to combat sexual and gender based violence in FCT.

Speaking during town hall meeting in Abuja, the Executive Director of the NGO, Abiodun Essiet said for the campaign against gender-based violence to achieve desired objective, traditional and religious leaders must play greater role in sensitizing the people in their various domains and spheres of influence, they must know what to do and where to report cases of SGBV so that’s why we are building network so that cases of domestic or SGBV can be addressed.

Essiet noted that there is need for community and church leaders to let their subjects and followers know the dangers of gender based violence, adding that this will make them to rally round victims, expose perpetrators as well as hand them to law enforcement agencies instead of shaming the victims.

She said, today’s town hall meeting to engage religion institutions with the theme “how religious institutions anchor sexual and gender based violence”, we decided to do this based on the project we are currently implementing which have the goal of helping traditional justice system to combat SGBV in FCT.

“This project is supported by MacArthur Foundation under Chriced Nigeria so we are hoping that this townhall meeting address issues round incidence and Prevalence of sexual and gender based violence in religious institutions because we are concerned about the increased and cases that are coming from Holy places, a place that should be sacred that’s were girls and women are being violated that’s the reason of the townhall meeting.

Speaking, Deeper Life Pastor, Eze Alphunsus said cases like this were recorded in the bible like the case of David and Joseph be lure to sleep with Potiphar’s wife so what we need do is to expose people to the fact that sexual and gender based violence is a sin.

“Muslim, Christian, pastors, Imaam, government NGOs and others should collaborate to fight this menace call violence against humanity.

In the same vein, Darlin Yakim Adin and Chairman interfaith, Bwari Area Council, Dr Sheik Ibrahim Yusuf called for more collaboration from all strata of the society to end all forms of violence against women and girls. 

According to him, the Bible and quran made it clear that when the world is coming to an end, you will hear the worst of all things coming from the religious leaders, from the house of God this called for the need to change our attitude, and our character.

He appreciated Abiodun Essiet Initiative for girls for the wonderful work and to have gether all the traditional rulers and religious leaders together to educate them on sexual and gender based violence.

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