Young gender champions produce films about GBV – Blueprint Newspapers Limited
As part of the advocacy for more states to adopt the Prohibition of Violence Against Persons Act (VAPP Act), some women mentees of the PAGED initiative have created four short films as part of the efforts. aimed at eliminating gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices affecting women and children in Nigeria.
The women shot the films after being trained on the Women’s Empowerment Through Film and Dialogue (Get FaD) project to influence community members to advocate for the VAPP law within their communities.
The Get FaD project, implemented by the PAGED Initiative in collaboration with the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), aims to raise awareness among citizens and intensify advocacy on GBV across the country.
Responding to questions from journalists in Abuja at the weekend’s premiere, PAGED Initiative program director Ummi Bukar explained that 12 young women, who had never made films before, were trained on the genre. , gender-based violence and filmmaking to produce four short documentaries on different gender issues. in their communities in order to give a voice to women particularly voiceless in the grassroots
“Their goal is to present to the world for people to talk about. These ladies went to the communities for some dialogue on gender based violence to ensure that the stories from the communities about GBV are written by the people who live in the communities and also share within the communities. , dialogue within communities and possible solutions that are also provided.
“So what we hope to do is to publicize their GBV issue in different communities so that community members can understand how much of a problem it is and why they need to advocate for the GBV issue. VAPP law be implemented in all states, ”she said. mentionned.
One of the producers, Ms Aisha Malumfashi, who directed a short documentary, “Invisible Wounds”, said the focus on psychological violence in Gombe State was to highlight the trauma and psychological effects that some women endure at the hands of their spouses, claiming that lack of education has exposed many women to exploitation and inhumane treatment in society.
Likewise, Priscilla Victor and Neemah Musa who directed “Unseen” discuss harmful traditional practices affecting women, in particular early and forced marriages among Fulani and indigenous communities in Plateau State.
Other premiering documentary shorts include; “Shattered Dream” by Helen Gala and “Contrained” by Oluwatobi Ahmed.