The Borno State Emergency Management Agency, said on Friday it had commenced the training of about 1, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on self defense against r*pe and other acts of violence.
The Chairman of the agency, Mr Satomi Ahmed, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri.
Ahmed said that the training was to equip the IDPs who would soon be transported back to their various communities, to defend themselves in case of any attack.
“After the training, the beneficiaries would serve as ambassadors of the fight against domestic violence and s*xual abuse in their various communities,” he said.
He explained that the training is being conducted in collaboration with Action Against Hunger, International Rescue Commission and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The chairman added that the training also focused on safe motherhood, reproductive health, s*xual violence among others.
“At the end of the training, the women would be equipped with the relevant skills on how they can protect themselves against any accidental circumstances.
“The training will give the women the opportunity to assist other women on complications that may arise especially during child birth.”
This sensitisation is also designed to further build confidence in them to enable them return back to their homes without any fear,” Ahmed said.