UNFPA,NIDSG Train Stakeholders In Psycho-social Trauma Counselling
The UNFPA Nigeria Representative a.i.,Dr Eugene Kongnyuy says Gender Based violence, GBV cases across Nigeria revealed a high number of incidences of violence against women and girls on a daily basis.
Dr Kongnyuy who stated this in Abuja at a UNFPA and Nigeria IDP Diaspora Support, NIDSG training for psycho-social Trauma Counselling, said these acts include rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, reproductive coercion, female infanticide.
“Prenatal sex selection, obstetric violence, and mob violence, detention of pregnant women, early marriage by abduction and forced marriage”Many of our women and girls are victims and/or survivors of these acts,”he said,
“Even though the cases of GBV are more prevalent in the North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa due to insurgency,
it is however not exclusive to those part of the nation.”
“As we might be aware GBV and is a life threatening global health and human rights issue that violates international human rights law and principles of gender equality.”
He noted that the three days was going to be an intense training and extensive interactive sessions on Psycho-Social Trauma Counselling.
“It is a great opportunity to transfer knowledge on to our front line workers to equip them enough with skills so that they will be able to attend to the less severe cases of mental trauma amongst IDP communities.”
“I am reassuring you that UNFPA is sincerely committed to a nation where GBV is totally eradicated which is one of our core areas of mandate that we will continue to support.”
“I wish to commend the Nigerian In Diaspora Support Group which consists of Psychiatrists who have volunteered their time and expertise, willing and ready to impact knowledge in the next three days.”he added.
A member Nigeria IDP Diaspora Support,Dr Wale Lagundoye
expressed worry over reported cases of mental depression leading to deaths due to trauma emanating from incessant civil unrests in the country.
Dr Lagundoye said the workshop was aimed at training key stakeholders to help mitigate in the many cases of traumatised patients resulting from crises.