A two-day workshop, organized by the International Rescue Committee Kailahun office in collaboration with the Men’s Association for Gender Equality (MAGE), has ended at BEWONDOO Women’s Centre. The 25 participants were drawn from all the sections in the Kissi Tongi chiefdom.
Speaking to the press at the workshop the assistant Programme Manager IRC/GBV Kailahun, Christiana Gbondo, said the workshop aimed at increasing men’s knowledge on the concept on (Gender Based Violence) GBV and their involvement in activities to end violence against women/girls in society. She said if they wanted to get zero tolerance against women, they needed to target men because men were always at the advantage end with any relationship. Ms Gbondo explained that IRC started the GBV programme in 2003 in four communities in four chiefdoms namely Kailahun town in Luawa chiefdom, Pendembu town in Upper Bambara chiefdom, Buedu town in Kissi Tongi and in Koindu in Kissi Teng chiefdoms in the Kailahun district. She said similar training had taken place at Pendembu, Kailahun, Koindu and Buedu all targeting 25 participants each. operational communities.
IRC provide education for women action group on Income Generation Activities (IGA).
At each of the women’s centre safe space for clients in need of protection is provided with an allowance that covers feeding and with non food items etc. The IRC also does capacity building on GBV with partners and other community structures.
Facilitating the workshop Iddrisa Fefegula and Sahr Nyuma of Men’s Association for Gender Equality (MAGE) spoke on the role of men in combating violence against women.
Morie Juana, the community trainer for IRC, presented on key terms Gender and Sex while Christiana Gbondo talked on the key concepts of GBV including definition, causes and contribution factors and consequences.