Stop hiding sexual violations, MDF urges rural communities in Gombe, Borno States

Officials of Motherhen Development Foundation in a group photograph during their visit to one of the communities.

By Williams Ago, Gombe

Motherhen Development Foundation (MDF) has embarked on an awareness creation campaign on the dangers of gender based violence and the need to protect the rights of children in some rural communities in Gombe and Borno States.

The Organization also called on these communities to stop covering up cases of rape and other sexual violations but to report such to authorities for immediate action.

The awareness campaign, which took the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to some communities in Balanga and Kwami LGA's of Gombe State and Biu LGA in Borno State, witnessed interactions between stakeholders in the communities on ways to curb the menace.

At the palace of the Folo Dadiya Alhaji Abdulkadir Abubakar Galadima, in Bambam, Balanga LGA, who spoke through the Wazirin Dadiya, Malam Umar Lamuwa, the royal father described the activities of Mortherhen foundation as community service and urged them to expand their commitment to women that are not responsible for failure of their marital status.

He advised traditional tittle holders in his Chiefdom to support the activities of Morthehen development foundation in order to reduce the calamities bedeviling the society.

Earlier, the Programme Officer, Morthehen Development Foundation, Miss Linda Ayuba, and the Communication Officer, Hajiya Habiba Isah, sensitized the people on the ills of some traditional practices that endanger the women folks and other gender base violence as well as the protection of the rights of the child in the society.

Miss Linda Ayuba, and Hajiya Habiba Isah drew the attention of the communities to stop harmful or hiding cases of sexual harassment on young girls but to report the issues to security personel for proper action.

In Bojude, Kwami LGA of Gombe State, the district head appreciated Morthehen Development Foundation for their zeal and commitment and advised the organization to expand the program to women who are fond of harassing their husbands in the society. 

The foundation also organized a football match between a Junior and Senior Secondary School in Biu, Borno State, a Junior and Senior Secondary School in Kuri, and another Junior and Senior Secondary School in Bojude, Gombe State, as part of the enlightenment campaign.

According to Miss Linda Ayuba and Hajiya Habiba Isah, the matches were organised with the aim of sensitizing the students on Child Rights Act, dangers of rape, HIV/AIDS and also to create an atmosphere for the students to interact with their friends.

In the cause of the enlightenment campaign, Motherhen Development Foundation also visited security agencies such as, the Police, Civil Defence to seek for their support and Corporation.
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