By Lawrence Audu
The Force Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major General Ibrahim Sallau Ali, has declared the stance of the Force against gender-based violence during its operations.
General Ali made the commitment to combating this pervasive issue during the opening ceremony of a workshop on sexual abuse and gender-based violence in conflict environments.
The workshop, held Monday, in N’Djamena, Chad, is aimed at providing participants with a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics surrounding sexual exploitation and gender-based violence in operational contexts.
General Ali underscored the MNJTF’s instrumental role in rescuing thousands of women and girls from the clutches of terrorists in recent years, emphasizing the Force’s dedication to upholding human rights and ensuring the protection of vulnerable populations.
Expressing gratitude to the African Union Mission Support Team for organizing the training, the Force Commander recognized the urgency of addressing and preventing gender-based violence within the operational framework.
The MNJTF’s unequivocal stance mirrors its commitment to fostering a safe and secure environment for all individuals affected by conflict and instability.
It further reinforces the MNJTF’s determination to eradicate gender-based violence and promote a culture of respect, equality, and dignity in its operations.
Gender-based violence remains a significant concern in conflict zones, with women and girls disproportionately affected by its brutal consequences. The MNJTF’s proactive approach sends a powerful message that such acts will not be tolerated, and perpetrators will be held accountable for their actions.
The workshop serves as a platform for knowledge exchange and capacity building, enabling participants to develop strategies and best practices to effectively address gender-based violence in diverse operational contexts. By strengthening understanding and raising awareness, the MNJTF aims to create a lasting impact in the fight against this pervasive issue.
As the MNJTF continues its mission to restore peace and stability in the region, the Force’s zero tolerance policy towards gender-based violence will play a crucial role in ensuring a future free from fear and discrimination for all individuals affected by conflict.