The Kano state leadership of Motion Picture Practitioner’s Association of Nigeria, (MOPPAN), expressed readiness to partner with a non-governmental organization, Centre Information Technology and Development (CITAD), in tackling the scourge of gender-based violence, especially violence against women and girls.
This was disclosed when the Chairman of MOPPAN, Malam Ado Mohammed Gidan Dabino MON received a delegation of CITAD at his office during an advocacy visit.
Ado Gidan Dabino, said that ignorance remains one of the major reasons behind the escalating rate of gender-based violence, especially violence directed at women and girls in society.
He also mentioned that forced marriages, which are performed by families before their children hit adulthood, are a major source of gender-based violence. He emphasized the importance of greater awareness initiatives and reorientation programs in Kano state, especially the grassroots communities.
Ado Gidan Dabino also said that Movies are a compelling tool when it comes to raising awareness and educating people, and also films are an important way to share people’s stories and prompt debate to address gender-based violence related issues.
On his part, center research assistant, Buhari Abba revealed that CITAD worried at which the rate of cases concerning sexual violence is occurring that is why the center started campaigning against this menace with support from Ford Foundation.
Mrs. Buhari, stated that the partnership is intended to combat the cancerous problem of gender-based violence in Kano state by promoting awareness using film industry.
Adding, the CITAD decided to partner the MOPPAN and film industry members having realized their presence and spread will be assented in reaching out to Kano state residents.