In Nigeria, the UNFPA and the GAC begin national landscape survey on SGBV and HTPs

With financing from Global Affairs Canada, the UN Population Fund has launched a 45-day countrywide survey in Nigeria to give a complete review of the situation with Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Traditional Practices.

In Abuja on Thursday, the UNFPA Gender and Reproductive Rights Specialist, Dr Musa Elisha, released a statement about the survey.

Elisha stated that the 45-day survey, which began on August 11, 2021 and ended on September 14, 2021, would be conducted in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that the ultimate scope of the survey was “to generate a reference document to guide the development of a well-coordinated, systematic and programme-wide approaches toward addressing gender inequality and empowering women and girls in Nigeria.”

Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, and Kwara are among the 12 states identified by the UNFPA official.

Nasarawa, Ogun, Oyo, Sokoto, and Imo are among the others, he added.

During the survey, data collectors would visit households in sampled clusters to conduct individual interviews and focus group discussions, he explained.

As a result, he appealed for inhabitants of the 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to cooperate, stating that “the specific objectives of the landscape analysis are to establish the prevalence of SGBV, HTPs, and Obstetric Fistula (OF) in Nigeria.”

“It is also aimed at identifying key social and gender norms that influence the prevalence and outcomes of SGBV, HTP and Obstetric Fistula, and identify key drivers and perpetrators.

“The landscape analysis survey is to assess awareness and knowledge of national and global policy on elimination of SGBV, Obstetric Fistula (OF) and HTPs.”

The gender and reproductive rights specialist emphasised that the survey was necessary “because existing national and sub-national data does not provide disaggregated information on the patterns and dynamics of sexual and gender-based violence.”

In partnership with governmental agencies, parents, Civil Society Organizations, and community leaders, he noted that the analysis would assist map out roles and assess capacities of stakeholders toward the elimination of SGBV.

By Tayo Olusanya

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