NGO Trains Faith-Based Youths On Triggers, Prevention Of GBV In Homes, Communities

By Tony Adibe

The Hayche Multi Service Solution, an NGO, has trained male members of faith-based youths’ organisations on triggers and prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in homes and communities.

Themed: “Training of Programme Facilitators for the (+M) Positive Masculinity Programme to End GBV”, the 5-day training, which is a train-the-trainer workshop was organised by Hayche Multi Service Solution working with Christian Youths’ Organisations to put an end to GBV in homes, groups, communities, and Churches.

NewsBits reports that the Christian youths, which are drawn from the South-East and North Central, are from Anambra and Enugu States (South-East) as well as Benue and Plateau States (North Central).

Addressing participants at the workshop on Thursday, the Programme Coordinator (+M) Positive Masculinity Programme, Mr. Wilfred Okeke said the facilitators are being trained on effect of attitudinal change on adolescent boys and young male adults to drive a gender-equitable masculine identity.

Okeke said that the programme is meant for adolescent boys and young males to reflect on issues, practices, and teachings both on the religious side (bible quotations), tradition, customs, and stereotypes that trigger, encourage and justify violence against women and girls.

According to him, “The (+M) Positive Masculinity Programme is a programme meant to encourage and support individual behavioural change and socio-emotional change among adolescent boys and young male between ages of 15 and 35 on how to treat female with respect, fairness and love they deserve.

“It is also meant to change negative and stereotyped social norms and attitude of what it means to be a man; thus, males coming to treat female and women with equity and respect and not lording it over them that usually create fraction, disagreement and violence.

“The programme tries to shift this negative norms and stereotype that the man or male is dominant and must lord it over the female (woman) and see that she is suppressed and subjugated that leads to most violence scenes in homes, groups, communities and the Church.”

He said that the programme targeted training christain youths due to the discovery that there are some misquoted biblical quotations people do use to encourage or perpetrate GBV in homes and communities; while some Church leaders give support to these misquoted verses.

He said: “They do this in error by not giving the biblical quotations contextual and historical background and meaning to actually create proper understand of what the Holy Bible is truly saying.”

While explaining that the programme would leverage on existing structures of Christian Youths’ Organisations in various Churches in South-East and North Central parts of the country to step down the training, Okeke said: “We intend to approach GBV from a preventive stance where all Christian adolescence boys and youth males learn and re-learn how to treat our sisters, women and mothers better for a peaceful and more loving homes, communities, groups and Church, where everybody is respected and accommodated.”

One of the participants (facilitator being trained), Mr Ifeanyi Ohaju, said that he had learnt to treat female with respect, ensure they are not discriminated against  in all decisions and shun all name-calling and gossip against them, which usually irritate  them and lead to disagreements and violence.

“I have learnt that GBV can be psychological, financial, sexual and physical; and as male we must ensure the home, group and community is conducive for the female to be happy, feel loved and respected to create needed harmony,” Ohaju said.

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