The 5th cohort of the “Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE)” Course is ongoing at the Yola campus of the American University of Nigeria.
A collaboration between AUN and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the fifth session of the Gender-based Violence in Emergencies course commenced on Tuesday, May 10, and will be concluded on May 19, 2022. The formal opening ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 16, after which course participants will enter into a Strategic Dialogue and Reflection session.
Professor Olanike Adelakun, the AUN School of Law faculty member who coordinates the course, explained that Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is violence directed at a person because of his/her gender.
She said that while GBV affects men, women, boys, and girls, women and girls experience incidences of GBV more than men and boys due to patriarchy and societal expectations.
"In emergency situations, women and children, especially girls, are more at the receiving end of GBV due to their increased vulnerabilities. Several actors try to respond to the need of the vulnerable population in emergencies but evidence abounds that GBV in emergencies (GBViE) is always on the rise. This concern became more apparent during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
In 2019, UNFPA entered into a partnership with AUN to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to prevent and manage cases of GBViE. Since the pilot course in October 2019, the two weeks GBViE capacity-building course has been floated bi-annually, even during the pandemic, by transiting to online delivery.
The two-week course is open to both national and international participants, after which participants will be placed with partners for a three-month internship. Additionally, participants are assigned a mentor and coach to enhance their capacity in the GBV field.