Human Rights - GBV

This project, implemented by GRT with IIDA Women's Development Organisation and Terre Solidali, aims at achieving change for members of the security institution, parliamentarians, members of regional governments, survivors of Human Rights violations and the general public. The project's main objective is to strenghten the partnership between CSOs and the Security Sector in order to end violence against women and children in South-Central Somalia and Puntland. 

In order to achieve this, the project intervenes in 4 different areas: Population, Practitioners, Organisations and System and focuses on bringing change in all 4 levels. 


Goals: 

 

The most important goal of this project is to sensitize members of the security agencies, parliamentarians, regional executives and the general public in order to enhance safety and security of women and children and create safety spaces for them. At the same time, children and women survivors of Human Rights violations are provided with skills training and economic support so that they can pick up with their livelihoods as productive members of the community. 

 

Description of Activities: 

 

As part of the project, GRT provides support with different activities. In particular the organisation supports the design and implementation of preventive Human Rights Education Programme, a Gender Dialogue Platform for security institutions and communities, the design and implementation of a multi sector response model for GBV survivors and children and a psycho-social support, as well as several community mobilisation workshops and dialogue forums between security institutions and communities. 

Targets

The main beneficiaries of this project are part of the civil population and individuals who have knowledge and skills necessary to reach and interact with the project beneficiaries. Among these, health workers, government officials, members of UN bodies operating in Somalia and CSOs workers, security organisations, health institutions, NGOs and their management as well as the government and donors. 

Results

The project increased the security sector and public awareness on the importance of safety and security for women and children through the design and implementation of Human Rights Education Program for Social and Peace transformation and Gender Dialogue Platforms for security institutions and communities. It reduced incidences of Human Rights Violations targeting women and children by members of security agencies and other armed groups, it enhanced the ability of women and children survivors of violence and it streghtened the capacity of national security insitutions and local communities on how to prevent violence against women and girls. As well as this, the project has improved the appreciation of relevant regional and international treaties and conventions. 

Funds

Gender-Based Violence

 

In fighting for a free and fair world, GRT is willing to fight every kind of violence, particularly gender-based violence (GBV). 

Unfortunately GBV is widespread across the whole world and it represents one of the most recurring and difficult problem to solve, with particular regards to those societies where women have always played secondary roles, like the Somali one. 

Somalia

 

In South-Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland decades of civil conflict and socio-political instability have affected the mental wellbeing of communities and depleted the social-cultural support pillars of the community when it comes to coping with stressful situations. As a consequence, cases of mental break-down and psychological devastation amongst Somali communities continue to reach unprecedented levels with the prevalence of mental illness in the whole Somalia currently estimated as being one of the highest in the world.

Traditionally, mental health has been a stigmatized condition with the mentally ill people being discriminated and socially isolated. This demonstrates a practiced culture of maximum containment and hostility, with chaining of mental health patients.

Despite this worrying situation, mental health continues to remain a neglected sector across Somalia. Mental health issues are less prioritized by local authorities and investment by the humanitarian community remains incredibly low, which in turn, leaves the existing local organizations poorly capacitated to effectively offer any meaningful solution. This situation creates a condition where the burdens of people with mental health disabilities are left to their immediate relatives and to the traditional/faith-based Mental Health healers.

In such a context, GRT carried out different projects aiming at helping mentally ill people and their families, as well as at providing them with better mental health centres and institutions.