Gender Based Violence Program
- May 8, 2017
The main goal of the project
- To prevent HIV/AIDS and creating safe communities free of gender-based violence for the cases of GBV of girls and women in 4 districts.
To reach this goal, the following 2 outcomes has to be achieved
- 80% of GBV survivors will have access to better quality social services in their target areas which will benefit from improvement in cooperation and coordination between networks.
- The acceptance of GBV will be reduced by 20%
- The support for women, girl and youths who are at risk and subjected to GBV is increased and improved protection and services to women victims of GBV.
- Improved delivery and coordination of services for victims of GBV
- Increased community response to GBV
In the 4 districts CHEC is using community-based educators who are volunteers in the provision of counselling for victims, perpetrators, and offer guidance on family relationships, sexual/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, psychological issues and GBV-related laws. CHEC is also focuses on using behaviour-change communication to raise awareness, knowledge and prevent and change gender inequitable and violent behaviour. To increase the community response to GBV CHEC has conducted quarterly women network to measure the knowledge of local stakeholders and follow up the DV cases including reported about challenges and solution.
Over the past three years CHEC has performed a lot of activities. They have made some information cards and campaigns like “16 day campaign: Stop Violence against Women and Girl starting with you” and also campaigns on the international women’s day such as “Women and peace and development campaign”. To contribute to the strategy of ministry of women affairs were has been conducted community educations and debates on GBV with focus on awareness of GBV and domestic violence. CHEC has also conducted house counselling to GBV survivors in 4 districts, referred cases on DV and rape with IDP to get support services and HIV blood test, and organized women network meetings. To spread the message and engage youths, men and boys were has been conducted volleyball contest. CHEC has increased the overall knowledge on GBV by training health centre staff in collaboration with Ministry of Women’s Affair, conduct training courses on GBV and
DV counselling for commune leaders, CCWC, MoWA and district officers and police.
The community educations, the volleyball contests and community debates have contributed to make awareness of community people including women GBV survivors. These activities have changed some cultural norm as well as stereotypes of community people and local authorities. They stopped think of the GBV as an internal affair and family issue, and now think of it is a society problem. Some mind-set of community also changed, many of them have responded to GBV when it happened through reporting to local stakeholder, and appreciate the counselling and educations including refer to access health cares for serious cases. With all this work, CHEC contributes to reach the SDG’s goal No. 5 “Gender equality”. By supporting and improving protection and services to women victims of GBC and also by providing solutions and approaches for eliminating the number of GBV cases, by working with the local authorities and stakeholders.