Students of the federal polytechnic Mubi have extolled the sultan foundation for peace and development for organizing a one day workshop in which they were sensitized about the rudiments and nuances of Gender Based Violence (GBV), Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and other harmful cultural norms and practices.
The students noted that the workshop is an eye opener for them as they are ignorant of most of the issues that constitute gender based violence before the workshop.
In a interview with our reporter, Salihu Mohammed, a diploma student of the institution said he was highly impacted by the tremendous knowledge he acquired during the training.
He noted that the training has given him insights about the various forms of gender based violence including emotional and economic violence which were hitherto unknown to him.
He pledged to step down the knowledge to his colleagues and even members of his community so that desired behavioral changes could be effected.
Similarly, a female student of the polytechnic Rhoda Danladi appreciated the foundation for the efforts in sensitizing them on the critical topic.
She noted that with the knowledge learnt, she can defend herself from any form of GBV and other harmful practices adding that she will also ensure she did not mete out such untoward attitudes towards others.
Danladi also promised to step down the knowledge to her peers and relatives because of its relevance and importance in the life of girls.
Earlier in her remark, the programme assistant of Sultan foundation for peace and development in Adamawa State, Amina Ali, disclosed that students need to understand the imperatives of gender and social norms that usually result in Gender Based Violence (GBV) in order to prevent them from being victims or perpetrators of the scourge.
She therefore called on survivors of GBV to report any form of violence meted to them to the nearest law enforcement agencies devoid of fear of stigmatisation.