YOUTHS A REMEDY TO CURBING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS.
Blayaco Pens Youths as an Essential Ingredient in Ending VAWG with the Incorporation of Participatory Art.
Blayaco in collaboration with Art and Global Health Africa are in the implementation process of the Mawa project which seeks to eradicate VAWG.
The project which is being conducted in Chirimba under Group Village Headman Magasa has thus far engaged Mother groups, Youth Clubs and Parents within the catchment area.
The aim of the project is to see to it that violence against Women and Girls is curbed – starting from household level and then spread all over.
According to Oddette Emma Da – Santos who is the Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation Officer for Blayaco, the project is slowly developing and growing team working spirit which is essential in ending all sorts of violence.
She said with the incorporation of art activities such as Drama(Forum Theater), Music and Drawing, they have a great and portentous impact in the fight against the vice.
All the participatory art approaches used proved to be useful and participants were excited and eager to engage in the activities. Says Da-Santos
On her part one the participants, commended the use of forum theatre which they say has enabled facilitators to observe the insights of participants on child development and early child marriage problems, and allowed us to empathise with how they solve these problems.
They also allowed the participants by opening up a scenario of understanding of how each group (i.e., parents and youth) viewed problems within the family and how they would expect such problems to be solved.