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GADA Partners Women Affairs Ministry on Fight Against Gender Based Violence in Bayelsa


A Civil Society Organization, Gender and Development Action (GADA) has begun the implementation of massive and strategic plans geared towards fighting the menace of Gender Based Violence in Bayelsa State. This was revealed during a stakeholders' meeting held by the group, in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development at Yenagoa yesterday, the 9th of March.
Gender and Development Action pointed out that the focal point of their project (Framework For The Eradication Of Violence Against Women and Girls In Bayelsa State) is to provide a collaborative platform for all MDAs, organizations, and community people in the fight against Gender Based Violence, while also providing psycho-social, and trauma counselling for survivors of Gender Based Violence.
The group explained that the psycho-social and trauma counselling will be provided at their Survivors Support Centre in Yenagoa, where trained psychologists will provide the necessary support.
According to GADA's in-house psychologist Ms Idume Amatari, part of the issues the centre tackles are behavioural changes in teens that point to abuse, and the necessity to set the young girls back on the right path through therapy.
Describing it as an extensive project, which is supported by the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation programme, Ms Amatari  said the project involves a lot of training for community women, girls, men, leaders, stakeholders, and mentorship programmes for young women.
GADA also explained that in addition, cases which are reported to the Survivors Support Centre will be dutifully followed up, with legal, medical, and social support offered for free.
Also speaking, one of the officials GADA, Ms Inyingi Irimagha said "through a collaborative effort with our partners, we will provide legal and medical services for survivors. We also provide mediation, so it is not like every case must end in court. I understand that lots of women are concerned about keeping their homes, so we help in doing that too.
“But we help keep the home in such a way that the rights of the woman are respected. We have already linked up with the Social Welfare department of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and we learnt that they have a "Family Welfare" unit that handles mediation. We are building on that already, with plans underway to link community leaders with social welfare officers within their respective local government areas".
On the issue of financial challenges that survivors may face to access the services provided by the NGO, she explained that; "GADA can take care of the transportation. Where it is impossible for the survivor to move, we can come to her, or direct her to one of our medical and social partners within the person's community. So really, it is all about putting in that call to us. We also understand that the problem of poverty runs deep, that is why, we have the mentorship trainings and programmes. The idea is to have successful Bayelsa women inspire and mentor the young ones",
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