An NGO Campaign for the Voiceless (CAMPVO) on Tuesday commenced three days on HIV/AIDS impact mitigation through training in Gender Based Violence for local legal service providers at the Sorie Town community in Freetown.
The training targets participants from Sorie and Sumalia Towns, Leicester Road and Dworzack Farm.
It is funded by the National HIV/AIDS Secretariat (NAS) and KFW.
CAMPVO Project Manager Mohamed Turay said that his organization exists to promote public safety, through empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes and publications in partnership with government and civil society.
He added that the project which is supported by NAS is for five years and will be implemented in five phases.
Turay noted that these four communities were targeted to increase the knowledge of GBV and how they could mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS through GBV.
The Project Manager maintained that they hope to increase the knowledge and skills to challenge gender issues.
The Executive Director of CAMPVO Julius Kandeh Kanu explained that the participants are expected to replicate what they have acquired in their various communities.
He added that the fight against HIV/AIDS and GBV involves everyone and is a human rights issue.
Yealie Bureh Turay, one of the participants said that this is the first training on HIV/AIDS and GBV she has attended and hoped to know more about HIV/AIDS. She added that such training is timely as the four communities targeted are vulnerable for domestic violence.
Another, Sallaymatu Koyee Kamara expressed thanks for the venture taken by CAMPVO to address these two issues: HIV/AIDS and GBV which are much talked about now in the world. She explained that in her community domestic violence is the frequent crime committed.
By Abibatu Kamara