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Gender: University Don Counsel Parents on Educational Support for Pupils

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Musa Na Allah Sokoto

A university Lecturer, Dr. Mansur Isa-Buhari has counseled parents and guardians to provide uniform, educational and other support to Boys and Girls in society.

Isa-Buhari, from Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto cautioned parents against discriminatory attitudes and behaviours towards the female gender in society.

He made the call on Saturday at the training of 75 community and religious leaders on promoting gender equitable norms in Binji Local Government Area of Sokoto state.


The training is organized by Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development (SFPD) with the support of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Project.

He described the discriminatory attitudes as detrimental to women and girls, especially in relation to domestic duties and education.

Isa-Buhari explained that gender equity norms and values are strategies and measures taken in the process of being fair to women and men.

”This is especially in view of women’s historical and social disadvantages preventing both sexes from operating on a level playing field, ” He said.

He dwelt on different forms of violence against women and girls from psychological, verbal, physical, emotional, and economic happening in our societies.

He explained the categories of gender-based violence, its prevalence, the consequences, policies, and laws, as well as referral pathways.

Isa-Buhari underscored the importance of educating people, especially men who were husbands and custodians of family members on gender equity norms and the best ways to handle cases of gender-based violence cases.

Earlier, the SFPD Programme Officer Alhaji Musa Galadanci called on community and religious leaders to promote gender equitable norms in the communities.

Galadanci said the training was organized to inculcate proper messaging skills and encourage men to educate people on the norms.

He said it was aimed at preventing all forms of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), and other Harmful Practices (HP).

According to him, the training provided an opportunity for participants to share thoughts on gender equity norms as well as actions needed to reduce violence against women and girls, drawing inferences from the various communities within the area.

A cross-section of participants emphasized the need to strengthen mutual coexistence, and marital living and always emulate the best Islamic lifestyles taught by Prophet Muhammad (in traditions on family living.

During interactive question and answers sessions, participants enjoined husbands against humiliating their wives in front of their children, which would go long way in shaping children’s attitudes

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