What Greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel they are joined for life to strengthen each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable momories at the moment of the last parting?

George Elliott

Gender Based Violence Prevention Programme

One of the most valuable resources of any community is its children as it is through the children that the continuity of the community is ensured.

The concept of Gender refers to the power relationship between men and women based on the social and cultural construction of masculinity and femininity in a given society. Gender places men and women in different positions within the same society, often leading to an imbalance in power relations. One of the most widely seen manifestations of this imbalance is the prevalence of violence against women based on their position within households and communities. The term Gender Based Violence (GBV) is used to distinguish violence that targets individuals or groups of individuals on the basis of their gender from other forms of violence. This type of violence can take place in several forms, namely sexual, physical, and psychological abuse and could occur in any of the following settings.

 

1. Family: The battering of women, the sexual abuse of children, and incest.

2. Community: Sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimidation, trafficking and forced prostitution.

3. State: Poorly drafted or unenforceable laws for violence against women, the presence of law enforcement agents who violate women, the lack of facilities and education for the prevention and treatment of women exposed to violence, the sanctioning and reinforcement of unequal gender relations and the state’s in difference and neglect in creating opportunity and entitlements for women in regard to employment, education, participation and access to social services also perpetuates gender – based violence