Launch of Third Year of 'Promoting Rights Protecting Women' PDF Print

Nairobi - CISP and International Alert launched the third year of Promoting Rights Protecting Women project on 11th to 14th May 2015.

 

The aim of the project is to improve the response and prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Yaaqshiid, Boondheere and Karaan districts of Mogadishu. This is being done through capacity building, support to service provision, awareness activities and advocacy.

The four-day event also served as an avenue for stakeholders to discuss the progress of the project and evaluate the original objectives.  Among the participants were staff working in the project, partner agencies and other stakeholders. Health workers from clinics in Mogadishu provided a first-hand account of service provision to survivors, a crucial component of this project.

During the event, findings of a research conducted to understand GBV in Somalia were presented. The research findings provide sound knowledge that will guide how the project is carried out.

“The research was done because we realized gender based violence in Somalia is a complex issue. To meet the objectives of this project we need to look at GBV as a continuum and not just something that happens during war. This means we need to look at what was happening before, during and after the war,” explained Ndeye Sow of International Alert.

The launch was also a learning opportunity for participants: Representatives from organisations working in protection gave presentations that included the lessons learnt and what they identified as best practices. They also discussed needs, priorities and the gaps that need to be filled by the partners.

Presenting on UNFPA’s GBV strategy for Somalia, Isatou Kajue highlighted accomplishments in the response and areas needing more focus: “There has been investment in delivery of services to survivors,  the standards are however not the same.  There is need for the partners to come together and strategize on how to promote minimum standards.”

Through round-table and group discussions, the participants debated on the projects specific results and the activities that should be conducted to contribute to the main goal.

 

 

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