As parts the effort to fight gender base violence among girls and women in Kano State, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), in conjunction with the Ford Foundation has lunched a unique Web Page and Android Application to monitor and report cases of gender-based violence.
The Web Page and Android Application aim to create a comprehensive database on gender-based violence hotspots across Kano state, particularly in public schools, so that Kano women/girls can plan safer education for themselves and their loved ones.
The data will also give government authorities, civil society movements, media houses and women organisation a deeper understanding of gender-based violence across Kano, identifying unmet needs, raising public awareness and helping to shape policy on safety in public spaces.
The technical officer of the Centre Suhail Sani Abdullahi, stressed that the new web page and Android Application will receive and stored data from different monitors who is our volunteers ambassadors at Kano state higher institutions.
Suhail Sani stressed that the centre are committed to working together for a safer society for women and girls.
He therefore, said that the new application will not expose name or address of the victim and the person who reported the case. And the application will be available in next few days on internet platform.
On his part, the executive director of the Centre for Information Technology and Development CITAD, Engr. Yunusa Ya’u expressed his worry over the rising cases of gender base violence in Kano State among girls/women and also his concerns on the need to have synergy among all key actors in fighting it.
“Gender based violence is a major problem in our society, and it takes many forms such as sexual harassment in our campuses, rape, spousal abuse, sexual gratification for job or marks, etc. It can be physically or online and traumatized its victims”
He added that the centre will use the data generated from new application in advocacy, public enlightenment, equipping women and girls with relevant information and knowledge to protect themselves against gender based violence, and finally to work with some partners to push for the prosecution of perpetrators of gender based violence.
While giving out the overview of the programme, the gender officer of the project, Zainab Aminu applauded the participants for attending the workshop which according to her will enrich their knowledge on the concept of GBV and how to report the incidence easily.
She added that, â€œit is compulsory on everyone to report and act on any case of gender based violence to end this menace in our society”.
Journalists and students from universities and other state higher institutions attended the launching of the application.
Incidents of gender-based violence have continued to top the chart of discourse among stakeholders, despite efforts by the government to check the threat. Also experts and advocates against Gender-Based Violence say the consequences of lack of justice for survivors of GBV have been fatal in many instances.