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Rape commonest gender-based violence in Adamawa

Rape is the commonest form of gender-based violence in Adamawa, research by the United Nations Population Fund has found.

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Danladi Idrissa, humanitarian analyst and programme manager of the UNFPA in Adamawa, said, “We have conducted recent research follow-up after baseline research in looking at the prevalence of sexual and gender based violence, and rape has been one of the critical cases we find in Adamawa state.

“Most are girls and some few cases of male being reported passed through the cruel act,” he said.

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He pointed out that perpetrators of cases of child abuse, molestation, forced marriages and denial sources are mostly among the family circle where an uncle is found to have rape his niece.

It comes as the Office of the Vice President in collaboration with UNFPA, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), European Union (EU), British Council and Adamawa State government begin work to gender-based violence in Adamawa.

Parties involved met to validate a draft report to create mechanism for response to gender-based violence in Adamawa.

Hadiza Aminu Dorayi, a technical assistant in the Office of the Vice President, told Daily Trust the VP’s office has lots of interest in conflict zones and displaced communities, and in providing access to justice and social services for women and children.

Adamawa has opened its Emergency Management Agency’s line 08031230304 on which the public can report rape or any form of gender-based violence.

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