NAPTIP advocates support, guidance for trauma survivors

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has called on Nigerians to provide support and guidance for traumatised people

Director-General of the agency, Professor Fatima Waziri-Azu, made the call in Abuja on Monday at a three-day workshop on understanding the linkage between Sexual and Gender-based Violence and trauma prevention and intervention.

She explained that by building resilience, the agency empowers individuals and communities to withstand adversity to heal and thrive.

“Through understanding trauma, we can provide compassionate support and guidance to those affected, fostering a sense of hope and restoration,” she said.

Waziri-Azu, who was represented by the Director, Violence Against Persons Prohibition Department, Mrs. Ijeoma Amelio, said there was a need to address the health issues stemming from sexual and gender-based violence.

She said that the agency had tried to ensure comprehensive well-being and care for survivors.

“NAPTIP’s role in preventing SGBV in Nigeria involves raising awareness, providing support to survivors and holding perpetrators accountable,” she added.

District Head of Gagi, Sokoto State, Alhaji Sani Jabbi, said that there was a need to empower the girlchild to better their lives in any society.

He called on society to respect gender equality, which involves both men and women.

Jabbi emphasised that women empowerment is very important since it enables women to contribute to decision-making in society.

He urged the government to invest and create awareness of trauma.

“We need to carry traditional and religious leaders along to enable them to educate their wards,” he said.

Ms. Ene Ede, a gender activist, said that the workshop is aimed at preventing, managing and promoting wellness for the purpose of encouraging personal growth and development in the communities.

Ede also said that the main objective of the workshop was to create awareness and advocate a violence-free society.

“This workshop serves as an opportunity for key participants to interact, share knowledge, and increase capacities in dealing with Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, SGBV-induced trauma cases in their various forms,” she said.


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