Gender-based violence (GBV) is violence that happen because of gender inequalities. It covers a wide range of human rights violations, including rape, domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment, trafficking of women and girls and several harmful traditional practices.
Globally, it is estimated that one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. As a feminist organisation, AWAM believes that violence against women is inextricably linked to gender-based inequalities. Although AWAM recognises that women and girls are the primary victims of GBV because of their subordinate status vis a vis men and boys worldwide, the term Gender-based Violence reflects a broader conceptualisation of the term insofar as it suggests that men and boys may be victims of violence that is based on socially determined roles, expectations and behaviours linked to ideas about masculinity. GBV also affects other marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities and the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community.
The objective of the GBV programme is to promote a better understanding of gender-based violence issues so that all persons may live their lives free from violence and discrimination.
What we do:
Our main focus is carrying out public education and training. We train members to become trainers who reach out to multiple sections of society on the issues and ways to overcome them. For instance, we often receive many requests to train employers on the subject of Sexual Harassment and this topic continues to be in demand this year. Last year alone we reached out to over 5,000 people, including those in government agencies as well as the corporate sector. The training usually consists of a full-day workshop where participants learn about the definition and types of sexual harassment, as well as ways to report and document incidents. AWAM also actively attends talks and forums at universities and schools to educate students on gender-based violence issues. On top of that, our organisation is active in advocating and networking with other NGOs and coalitions towards bringing about gender equality. Together, we lobby for change of laws and mindsets.
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