The Ojo AbdulQadir Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has on Monday trained over 100 youths of different backgrounds and orientations on the importance of eradication of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the society.
The training, sponsored and facilitated by the NGO, focused on myth, definition, terminologies and various forms of GBV.
According to the speakers, Mrs Peace Brown and Mr Moses Okpara, GBV can be described as any form of violence that is directed at individuals on the basis of their gender.
They disclosed that GBV constitutes a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, equality between women and men.
The speakers added that, gender-based violence affects women, men, boys and girls irrespective of their race, ethnicity, class, age, economic or educational status, religious or cultural divide.
According to them, some can also face multiple forms of discrimination and this may put them at heightened risk of being targeted for violence, for instance, women living with disabilities, women living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, women of racial/ethnic minorities, Refugees and Internally displaced persons among others.
‘’Violence is a means of control and oppression that can include emotional, social or economic force, coercion or pressure, as well as physical harm.
‘’Abuse is the misuse of power through which the perpetrator gains control of the abused, using and causing physical or psychological harm or inflicting or inciting fear of that harm.
‘’Rape entails any completed or attempted unwanted penetration of the victim, these and lots more are some of the terminologies that can be attributed to GBV”.
The speakers educated the youths on the importance of quick identification of GBV and how to avoid the early signs.
They called on governments at all levels, parents, decision makers among others to put all hands on deck towards eradicating GBV in the society.
‘’It is important to provide integrated health services for victims, it is also very important to provide community support for victims”.
Also speaking, a director at the The Ojo AbdulQadir Foundation, Mrs Zainab Ojo, said the NGO was established to discover, develop and empower new talents of young emerging entrepreneurs and existing ones with feasible entrepreneurial ideas by offering them advisory training, mentorship, capacity building, and funding to enable them to thrive and build a meaningful source of livelihood that will contribute to the growth of the economy in the country.
‘’In the course of our work, we envisioned seeing a healthy, gender-balanced, prosperous, and productive society where these young people will have access to unlimited opportunities and resources needed to showcase their potential in the global market.
‘’Our vision is to grow to be an organisation of global standard that will produce young, industrious, and talented entrepreneurs that will contribute to the growth of society and economy.
‘’let me add that our mission is to inspire, educate and empower young people through innovative thinking, entrepreneurial skills attainment, and community engagement to promote grassroots development”.
The director revealed that parts of the goals of the foundation is to offer microfinance to small and medium existing business enterprises to support scaling up and exportation of indigenous products to the global market.
She added that the foundation offers scholarship opportunities to economically disadvantaged young people to enable them further their education in Nigerian Educational Institutions, to provide funding opportunities for young people to develop their initiatives and technical skills which will lead to long-term employment and economic self-sufficiency.
Additionally, Mrs Ojo said the foundation provides aid to crisis survivors with relief items, health care, orientation, and re- integration into society to lead a productive life.