NYSC inaugurates maiden grassroots campaign against GBV in Gombe
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Wednesday, inaugurated its maiden grassroots’ campaign against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and inequality, through the activities of the Corps’ Gender Vanguard.
Inaugurating the campaign at Government Science Secondary, Gombe, the Director-General of the scheme, Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, said NYSC was one of the foremost organisations fighting against GBV and inequality.
Represented by the State Coordinator, NYSC Gombe state Office, Mrs Ada Imoni, the director general stated that gender issues were misunderstood as affecting females alone, noting that they included matters of both sexes.
He maintained that the advocacy, which was being replicated across rural communities in the Northern states, was an initiative of the Reforms Unit of the NYSC, as a platform to expose the ills of GBV.
“We are here to emphasise that no individual; man, woman, boy or girl should be denied the opportunity to realise their potentials.’’
Ibrahim appealed to all community members, religious institutions, local government administrators, school stakeholders and parents, to be more supportive, protective and sensitive to gender issues.
He called on all stakeholders to also support the NYSC Gender Vanguard, adding that the scheme would continue to work with relevant stakeholders towards the reduction of GBV cases in the state.
In her opening remarks, the Gender Desk Officer, NYSC Gombe, Mrs Jennifer Arab, said the Gender Desk Office was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring gender equality and inclusion.
She commended the District Head of Bolari, Alhaji Ahmed Bolari, and religious leaders at the event for educating people at the grassroots on the ills of gender discrimination and mobilising them to attend the event.
Also speaking, Mrs Asabe Malami, Director Socials, Gombe State Ministry for Women Affairs, said both the girl and boy-child were important.
She, therefore, called on the traditional and religious leaders to sensitise members of their communities on the need for gender equality.
“No child is more important than the other. It is imperative to make each child feel special and say no to gender discrimination,” she said.