The traditional ruler and village head of Liman Katagum in Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Yakubu Abubakar Ghani, the police and other stakeholders on Friday strongly made a case for women’s involvement in decision making at home and on security matters in the society.
The village head and other stakeholders made the case at a town hall meeting with the theme “Addressing patriarchal gender norms and the construction of masculinities in conflict affected sitting”, which was organized by International Alert, under its ‘He for She project’ for husbands, traditional leaders and security agents in the area.
While lauding the project, Ghani submitted that women had pivotal roles to play in decision making in the society, considering their crucial role in raising children in the family.
According to the village head, “If women are involved in decision making, they could help to train their children and rehabilitate the delinquent ones, thereby restoring peace in the society.”
Also speaking at the event, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Liman Katagum Divisional Police station, Umar Mahmuda, urged women to always report gender based violence and rape cases to the police so they could respond promptly.
The DPO then expressed police commitment to tackling gender based violence in the society.
Speaking earlier, the State Manager of International Alert, Jennifer Dashe, submitted that women’s inclusion in decision making process was a sure panacea for development.
“If men promote and support women’s participation in decision making, it will bring community peace and security, as the women could contribute immensely towards building peace in the society,” Dashe said.