Update From FACC
Faith Arise Community continues to raise awareness of GBV, ASRHR, HIV, and AIDS in the City of Lusaka, especially among men and boys.
From 18th to 21st December 2022, Faith Arise Community Centre (FACC) conducted a training session that was held at M’kango Golfview and Hotel. Over a total of 15 facilitators have been trained in Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, and Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention.
Beginning with Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH), this refers to adolescents’ physical, emotional and social well-being regarding sexual development and reproduction. This includes access to accurate information, education, and services such as contraception, testing, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) attacks the immune system, especially a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight off infections.
Furthermore, gender-based violence (GBV) is any form of violence directed against an individual because of their gender. It can occur in families, intimate relationships, and communities and can take many forms, including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and harassment.
Finally, on the 28th of December 2022, FACC was at Chipata Open and Chainda School respectively. Some of its work was to equip the boys with knowledge and skills to respond to all forms of Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls. There are several forms such as physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse, as well as the social, cultural, and economic factors that contribute to gender-based violence.
People should acquire optimal skills and knowledge that they could use to respond to all forms of gender-based violence. Some of the skills one could acquire are: having the ability to navigate legal systems, advocating for policy change, and providing support for survivors as they navigate legal processes. This also involves working hand in hand with communities to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge harmful cultural norms, and mobilize collective action to end violence against women and girls. It is discovered that addressing this issue of GBV requires a more holistic approach that addresses cultural, social, and systemic issues rather than a single treatment.