AFA launches a web application to fight violence against women and girls in the South East

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Alliances for Africa (AFA) with support from the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) has developed a web reporting application to document cases of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in south-eastern Nigeria.

AFA program manager Faith Kalagbor revealed this to reporters during the launch of the app called “Kpoturum” in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.

According to Kalagbor, the app provided a viable channel to help survivors access justice through effective documentation, referral and VAWG case management through providing evidence on the true portrayal of escalation and of the commission of VAWG.

She said the app will serve as a strategic approach to stem the threat against women and girls in the Southeast region.

Kalagbor further identified the limited scope of research papers and projects, lack of systems to document and analyze data, victim blame, stigma and trivialization of incidents as factors that militated against the fight, and a often blamed the increase on religion, culture and the conspiracy of silence. around rape and other forms of gender-based violence.

Her words “It is not news that we are facing a pandemic of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

“Unfortunately, violence against women and girls has become not only endemic, but also normalized in society despite the efforts of all stakeholders through massive awareness raising and frontline intervention services.

“The most prominent are the incidences of sexual assault on minors, as revealed by global statistics, as well as by academic studies conducted to analyze the current situation.

“Kpoturum, which literally means” call me “in the Igbo language, was chosen to echo the indigenous people of Igbo in particular, the surviving women and girls, reassuring them that they can get help when they need it. ‘they call on us. “

She noted that the Kpoturum app has features to report cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as survivors, third parties or service providers while ensuring the confidentiality of the information provided.

It also provides information and access to service providers, accessing a comprehensive directory of GBV service providers, as well as a platform to download testimonials and success stories from closed cases.

Kalagbor advised everyone to take advantage of the app, hotlines and toll-free numbers, including that of Alliances for Africa to help fight the threat.

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