Dapchi Girls: UNFPA Ready To Offer Psychosocial Support, Reproductive Healthcare
The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA has promised to provide emergency reproductive healthcare and psychosocial counseling and support to the Dapchi girls released today.
In a statement made available to newsmen,UNFPA congratulated the Government of Nigeria that its excited with the news that the Dapchi girls have been released after weeks in captivity and uncertainty , Wednesday’s release of the abducted 110 girls by Boko Haram is a welcomed development.
UNFPA is on standby to provide emergency reproductive healthcare and psychosocial counselling and support to the survivors.
It is cherishing news to know that the girls will be returning to their families who have been waiting for their returns. “UNFPA is currently on ground in Yobe state providing psychosocial counseling to the parents and families of the girls and on standby to support the Nigerian government to provide the comprehensive psychosocial support and other specialized services needed for the release girls.
Already staffs at a UNFPA supported health clinics are on standby to provide medical check-ups for the girls.
“We commend the government for this important achievement in helping to protect women and girls impacted by the conflict in northeast Nigeria but remain deeply concerned for the thousands of women and children still held in captivity by Boko Haram.
Greater efforts must be made to bring them all to safety and home to their families,” said the UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Diene Keita.
UNFPA condemns all forms of violation and calls on Boko Haram to end all grave violations against women and girls, especially the abduction and the sexual abuse and forced marriage of girls.
UNFPA calls on the government to ensure schools remain in places of safety and security, where young girls and boys can learn and grow in peace.
Girls and young women must be allowed to go to school without fear of violence and unjust treatment so that they can play their rightful role as equal citizens of the world. Women and girls have the right to live free from intimidation, persecution and all other forms of discrimination.
There must be measures put in place to stop the violation of the rights to education and dignity not just of school girls in the North East but women and girls in Nigeria as a whole.
Since the insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria, 6 in 10 girls are reported to have experienced a form of gender-based violence (GBV) and many have limited access to sexual and reproductive healthcare. UNFPA and partners have provided direct prevention and response services to over 200,000 women and girl survivors or at risk of GBV through its ‘safe spaces’ and community outreach.
Over 3.5 million survivors have been provided with sexual and reproductive health care services and psychosocial support and counseling.
UNFPA has a comprehensive response for women and girls affected by the conflict in the Northeast and works with national authorities to support thousands of women and girls who have escaped or been released from Boko Haram.