Community Mobilization and Sensitization on GBV was conducted by RHHF in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund, The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), The Red Cross and Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) Camp Coordinator for IDPs living in IDP camps and high risk host communities in Adamawa and Gombe States in the first quarter of 2017. Advocacy was conducted to Traditional/Religious leaders and other gatekeepers within the target communities to inform them of the project goals and objectives; seek their support and buy-in towards the actualization of project objectives. The strategies used by the Community Volunteers to reach the targeted beneficiaries are Sensitization, Interpersonal Communication (IPC), Group IPC and Dialogues. The key messages shared during the sensitization are:
- The differences between Gender and Sex
- GBV- definition, Types, and causes
- The effects of GBV
- Referral pathway for GBV survivors amongst others.
A total of 31,772 (9813 Women, 8764 Girls, 5937 Men, and 7258 Boys) persons were reached with GBV prevention messages during the community sensitization and mobilization while 6 (6 Female and 0 Male) victims of GBV were referred for psychosocial support and legal counseling across the two states.