• Title of the project: Capacity Building workshop in Gender based Violence for Dock Workers´ Union
  • Focus: It was to raise awareness on gender and H.I.V./AIDS. 
  • Started 2nd of May 2017 
  • Finished: 16th of May 2017 
  • Partners:  Trade Unions:  Dock Workers´ Union, Committee on Gender and HIV/AIDS, KPA workers.
  • Funding: F.I.C. and Dock Workers´ Union committee


Overall objective:  

The main goal of this project is to raise awareness on gender related issues and to achieve gender equality where gender mainstreaming is integral part of the structure of the society and the fight against HIV/AIDS is the core issue of these workshops. In order to reflect on this topic, there have been employed some methodologies that facilitate dialogue and discussion such as group work, case studies, buzz groups, brainstorming and watching of videos.  

Immediate objectives:  

The project has the aim to make the participants aware of the Gender based violence (GBV) by explaining the different forms of GBV, reflecting on Human Rights in the context of GBV and preparing a plan of action on how to control GBV among portworkers.  

Results of the workshops:  

  1. Several topics and discussions were raised during these days: gender and human rights; examples of GBV in Africa; forms of gender-based violence; key international instruments on human rights; forms of gender-based violence at home, in the workplace and in the community; issues of gender and human rights; plans of action and transformation; workshop evaluation. 
  2. Discussion and definition of GBV as an act on women, girls, men and boys that results in physical, sexual and psychological harm; whatever sexual, physical abuse and arbitrary deprivation of rights, freedom and public liberty occurring in private or public life; all these forms of GBV can be committed by an individual group or institution.  
  3. Discussion where Human Right were related to Gender issues by highlighting how women are vulnerable to Human Rights due to their culturally defined gender roles, responsibilities and opportunities; how many countries have accepted the international Human Rights to protect all people but they have failed to domesticate them; how many laws discriminate against women especially in regards to access to public life, paid work, education and financial matters; how culture and religion are at times used to supress women´s ques for their rights; how the high level of poverty and illiteracy among women are factors that prevent them from knowing and fighting for their rights stipulated in the Human Rights. 
  4. Emergence of a strategy to end GBV that consists of the necessity to change societies; organization, implementation and encouragement of initiatives aimed at protecting and raising awareness on women´s rights; fights of social problems as poverty, ignorance and hunger that contribute to gender violence; formulation and domestication of legislations to avoid GBV.



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