During the year 2013, with support from Plan Australia, ten villages in Chipinge district were targeted for rights awareness. From these villages 58 community volunteers were trained on various aspects of human rights. The trainings were also meant to ensure sustainable community-based service delivery in counselling, mediation and referral of cases related to gender-based violence.

 

The project was also able to engage men from these villages. Male charters and men’s forums were established.

The project also went further to involve youths through the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) activities. These activities were meant to increase knowledge on youths’ entitlements to access sexual reproductive health services. School health clubs were formed in 6 schools to disseminate ASRH information to school children.

The project has worked well with stakeholders such as the Police and traditional leaders who are both custodians of the law and traditional customs. There was increased duty bearer- civil society engagement between these stakeholders and the community thus some awareness sessions were jointly conducted by DOMCCP, the Police and traditional leaders.

Gender Learning Campaigns were conducted in Mutasa district, with support from Trocaire. These have seen a total of 560 (450 females & 110 males) participating in the campaigns, which created a much need platform for communities to openly discuss issues of gender based violence. Some of the solutions that the communities came up with include increasing communication between couples, eradicating harmful cultural practices like wife inheritance and engaging in income generating activities to reduce poverty levels among women. Village heads also participated in the gender learning and campaigns.

 

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