SRHR AND ADVOCACY TRAINING FOR BLANTYRE PEER EDUCATORS

In July, WOFAD trained 20 peer educators from across Blantyre District with individuals coming from T/A Kuntaja, Kunthembwe and Machinjiri. Following this training, peer educators were equipped with bicycles and will be travelling through their communities to:

    • Educate community members on SRHR related issues
    • Provide counselling and guidance services to WLHIV whose rights have been violated. This includes providing referrals to women who have faced domestic and sexual abuses to relevant institutions.
    • Advocate for the SRHR of WLHIV. This includes advocating for quality and non-discriminatory SRHR services and engaging traditional leaders, religious leaders and government officials at all levels

The training was delivered to build the capacity of community peer educators on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), Counseling and Advocacy so that they can effectively engage their peers and support them in seeking redress and psychosocial support services in the event of sexual violations taking place. Furthermore, the training worked with the peer educators to develop an advocacy plan to promote their advocacy initiatives for the SRHR of WLHIV in the community. The training ended with a bicycle handover ceremony where peer educators, Community Based Organization Directors, WOFAD staff and volunteers and the World University Service of Canada’s Country Director were all present.

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A peer educator holding up a flashcard of a SRHR and telling the group what the right means for WLHIV.

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Participants working on creating a body map. This activity led way to a discussion that sought to further understanding of gender, culture and sexuality in relation to SRHR issues.

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A group working on creating their community map for redress – illustrating places women can go in face of an SRHR violation.

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The WUSC Country Director, Jacob Mapemba, addressing the peer educators and CBO Directors during the Certificate and Bicycle Ceremony.

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The bicycles all lined up in front of the WOFAD office.

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A peer educator receiving her certificate and bicycle following the SRHR and Advocacy Training.

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Participants working on their bikes following the bicycle handover ceremony,

Some of the Chichewa material used for the training can be found here: Peer Educator Reference Manual

Also, please download the WOFAD Peer Educator Training Report to get a better idea of how the training was conducted.

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