GENDER BASED VIOLENCE TO MINORITY WOMEN AND CHILDREN TO PASTORAL SOCIETY IN ARUSHA CITY
A Peacemaking Project by Nully K.
What is the injustice we are solving?
I initiated the project "Gender Based Violence to minority Women and Children to Pastoral Society in Arusha" when i was a volunteer at Salama Foundation, we implemented the project for 6 months from August 2017 - February 2018, I chose pastoral society in Arusha due to number of studies and cases reported from that society; identified forms of GBV faced are Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Early Pregnancies, Rape, Beatings, Forced Marriage. We managed to cover two forms of GBV which are "early pregnancy" and "forced marriage", we introduced FGM in a nutshell but we couldn't cover it all due to the acuteness of the problem, inadequacy budget and time, but we managed to reach 500 school children, 200 out of school children and 300 young mothers under 25 years old, we did the survey/research, awareness raising campaign, community engagement, peer to peer education, resource mobilization, formation of women groups and children clubs. In this second phase am no longer a volunteer from Salama Foundation since my contract ended, but still i have the passion to go back and complete what i started if i will get a hand of support from you through the Mini Grant for finishing up with FGM part left behind which really affects health of many girls, increase disease due to sharing of the tools during circumcision process like razor blade, needles etc, because it is locally done, over bleeding and death, the few survivor later faced with complications during pregnancy and delivery process hence increase maternal death. Seriousness of this situation drives me to find alternative way to reduce or end the situation, we planned to do FGM Campaign with created groups of women(100), clubs, school children(200) and out of school children(200),awareness raising, community engagement, peer to peer education, capacity building and behavior change. These forms of GBV are unjustly done by most of African community particularly in Tanzania as video and picture above describe the situation of pastoral society children at Arusha in a nutshell. We need to do all these so as to have peaceful society as a key factor to development of the society and national at large.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
we will address Bad cultural conduct, As the source of injustice done to young girls in many of African countries, example Tanzanian's Pastoral society in Arusha as the video shows, such injustice mainly results to young girls poor health and even death.
by Initiating the awareness campaign to the society.
Our Project Plan:
- To end/reduce FGM to minority women and children
- To reach at least 200 school children, 200 out of school children and 100 young women
- To rise awareness to on FGM
- To emphasize the community to retain from bad cultural conduct
- To bring peace to the community
We will increase my / our compassion by...
The situation about GBV done to many of Tanzanians especially the locals it is hectic, women are being oppressed in various ways example through beatings, rape, Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage which results to early pregnancy of which all these have negative effects to young girls. We have been seeing all these from our society since when we were born, the situation really moved me hence decided specifically to study about "Gender and Development" and now i have Bachelor Degree in Gender and Development. Speaking of FGM which I am going to deal with in this second phase, the situation is even worse because young girls are forced to do FGM by their elders as culture difines, and since it is locally done i.e through sharing of tools such as needles and razor blade results to spread of disease, over bleeding, also lead to maternal death and other death due to the complications encountered. All these are being done just because of culture and women have no say about it due to the male dominance system rooted to their community and lack of education about FGM, all these are some of the factors moved me to write the project on GBV and select FGM as the after element needed to be addressed due to its effects and need of the society.
How will you show courage?
Through the awareness campaign will be encouraging young women and other young children to stand up and speak/share their experience on FGM to others by doing that the society will gain strength and realize that what their doing is not healthy to their society and the team will add that the situation can be changed to better hence showing more advantages they will all get when they discourage or abolish FGM.
How will you collaborate with others?
I am collaborating with other four colleagues by involving each and every one in every stage that they have equal participation and inputs during project formulation and they will also be in the implementation and accomplishment with flying colors as we always do, currently we are four as i mentioned; Shadrack Msuya (25yrs), Winfred Mgaya (25yrs), Pendo Phabian (23 yrs) and me. Also during the project implementation will collaborate with schools and the number of the schools children!
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
Through conducting monitory and evaluation before the program, in between and after the program.
- We will do trainings to peer groups in the community so as they may be part of the team to add value to the program that they may fill sense of belongingness to the project and keep implementing when we are not around.
- We will initiate the trainngs in school and out of schoolchildren for rising awareness on FGM
- We will organize community meetings to have FGM sharing experiences so as to sensitize the community
- We will arrange for games, eg; football, netball, short dramas, songs all to bring the society together and to reachout to them on FGM
- We will organise mulching with flenders carrying different FGM messages to the community.
- We will pay visit to different FGM centres to reach out to the one's conducting the circumcision to rise awareness.
- We will do survey/data collection to see if we met our goal
- We will do data analysis, Presentation and Report Writting.
4 March 2018 10:14
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6 March 2018 14:10
Are you working at Salama Foundation or what?
This sounds to me a big project, but achievable at the same time. I will ask you a few questions to guide you through the implementation of the project; Gender-Based Violence is a big concept and it includes different forms of violence which you have already shared - so, do you want to focus on specific form or you want to tackle all the forms you shared? What's the target number of the women and girls who will benefit from this project?, and what're their ages? Are you going to implement this in a school or what? Do you have a team that will help you during the implementation of the project?
I would like to share with you this project from Ghana; it would be great to brainstorm ideas with Angela, and I will share yours on Angela's page as well ?
I noticed that you requested a mini-grant, and I will reach out to you about it through email later, but I would appreciate if you could please answer my above questions.
Thanks again for sharing your project with Peace First members, and we are looking forward to your next steps of the project!
Please let me know how can I help.
7 March 2018 0:11
Thank you for being my mentor in this project i really appreciate.
As i stated in my project this was my idea in the project conducted as a volunteer at Salama Fuondation up to few weeks ago, we were addressing all forms of GBV but due to some inconveniences me and my other colleagues could not cover well the part of FGM and early pregnancies to school and out of school children. Therefore, i came with the idea of finding alternatives to cover the gaps left. Will be working with similar team (5members including me) to reach out 250 school children and 250 out of school children which makes a total of 500 children, aged from 5 to 17yrs old.
7 March 2018 15:51
Also, I have reached out to you through email regarding the mini-grant request, so please make sure to answer me :) Thanks again.
7 March 2018 23:29
7 March 2018 23:33
Thank you for being my mentor in this project i really appreciate.
As i stated in my project this was my idea in the project conducted as a volunteer at Salama Fuondation up to few weeks ago, we were addressing all forms of GBV but due to some inconveniences me and my other colleagues could not cover well the part of FGM and early pregnancies to school and out of school children. Therefore, i came with the idea of finding alternatives to cover the gaps left. Will be working with similar team (5members including me) to reach out 250 school children and 250 out of school children which makes a total of 500 children, aged from 5 to 17yrs old and 100 women aged betwern 18-34 years old.
8 March 2018 7:53
8 March 2018 8:04
Please make sure to invite your team member to the platform, we would love to see their involvement and interaction with the project :) By the way, are they at the same age as you?
I look forward to hearing from you.
8 March 2018 8:16
Okay i will officially invite them, we have slight age differences but almost tha range is between 1 up to 2 years.
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