Drama group in Mzenge. ©Julianne Stewart/ABM, 2018.
Taonga is the name of a group of 15 survivors of gender-based violence. All are women. All have learned about gender-based violence and how it is not only unacceptable but also illegal.
Each woman lodged a complaint, and her complaint was handled in her village by the local Gender Action Group. In some cases, perpetrators were referred to the legal system. In all cases the women received counselling. Then, to provide them with greater economic empowerment, they were assisted to form a self-help group. The project trained the women in a system of savings called “Savings with Education”. This provided the group with start-up capital of 4,000 Zambian kwacha (about $500).
With the funds, the Taonga women have started a project of rearing broiler chickens. So far, the group has managed to purchase 100 chicks, complete with the necessary feed, as well as equipment to ensure their growth and survival. Taonga also has plans to mould bricks to build a bigger poultry house to house their growing business. The knowledge and subsequent empowerment of this previously abused group of women has come about through the work of the Integrated Gender Project, implemented by the Zambia Anglican Council Outreach Program.
The Anglican Church of Zambia is passionate about eliminating gender-based violence.
This is the third year that this project has operated in four villages in the Diocese of Eastern Zambia: Msoro, Mawanda, Mzenje and Petauke Boma . And already much has been achieved. Last year alone, thanks to ABM supporters, messages about gender issues, including gender-based violence (GBV), reached 28,100 villagers – many more than anticipated. This happened through a combination of door-knocking and presentations by volunteer community drama groups.
Another group of women who have come together to help their community and to improve their own economic prospects is the Mayamiko Women’s Club. These women are members of the Gender Action Group in their village of Mzenge, and they have been described as “a cornerstone of the gender justice project in their community”, as they go about door to door on their bicycles raising awareness at the household level about gender issues and GBV.
The Mayamiko Club also received start-up capital of 4,000 Zambian kwacha ($500) as a way of empowering them, and encouraging them to continue their good work in the Gender Action Group. They decided on a group livelihoods project involving pigs and goat production. They have already constructed a shelter for the animals, and purchased 10 goats. Soon they will add 12 pigs. Breeding these animals will ensure a steady income for the members of the group.
This year we aim to:
» In 2020 the Integrated Gender Project needs $69,830 (tax-deductible)
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