A Kaduna-based non- governmental organization (NGO), Gender Awareness Trust has organised novelty football matches in four communities in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area as a strategy in its campaign against genderbased violence.
The campaign was also used to mark the World Women’s Day.
The first match was played between Fadan Kamantan and Kamuru Ikulu at the LEA Primary School Fadan Kamantan, while the second one between Ramai Zonkwa and Zannon community took place at LEA Primary School premises at Zonzon.
Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the group, Mrs Tyda Abba, in an interview explained that the events were the Organisation’s Collective Action for AdolescentGirls Initiative (CAAGI) project.
She said the events were to raise consciousness on the ills of violence mated against women and adolescent Girls in the society.
“There is no excuse for any form of violence as any aggrieved person is supposed to seek redress from a court of law rather than resort to violence,” she said.
The Spokesperson said the organization engaged men in the campaign as “male champions,” who also played key roles in the advocacy to ending gender-based violence.
She enjoined all to join the campaign to rid the society of violence for development and enhanced mutual trust and understanding among all sexes.
One of the players from Zonzon community, Ibrahim Adamu commended the initiative and prayed for its sustenance.
Also, a spectator at the event, Miss Hajara Sani, said she was impressed to see the men folk come together to collectively embrace the idea of ending violence against women.
At the end of the matches Fadan Kamantan defeated Kamuru Ikulu 2-0 while Ramai Zonkwa won 1-0 against host Zonzon community respectively.