Gorongosa communities commit to reduce gender-based violence

Increasing awareness about gender-based violence through workshops, training and special, live events capped off this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence against women and girls in the communities surrounding Gorongosa National Park. The Park partnered with USAID Mozambique on the many activities which included:

– Workshops involving 51 secondary students (34 girls and 17 boys) where students were educated on the different types and what we should all do to prevent gender-based violence from occurring.

– Distributing menstrual hygiene pads to 25 scholarship beneficiaries in Cristo Rei High School which is located in Gorongosa Village.

– Training 32 stakeholders to serve as ‘’Men as Partners’’ aims to engage man on actions for gender equality, girls and women empowerment in the Buffer Zone.

– A workshop involving 50 community leaders from Machiço where they discussed preventing gender-based violence, early marriages and HIV & AIDS.

– A live event hosted by USAID – Mozambique, which featured different topics surrounding gender-based violence, youth and the environment.

The 16-days of events took place between Nov. 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and Dec. 10, (International Human Rights Day).

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