Beneficiaries: 500 vulnerable girls, women and children in the slum of Kanyama
Nature of the project
Psycho-social counseling and legal advise
Stop The Violence project is aimed to prevent Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Kanyama, the poorest area on the outskirts of Zambian capital, Lusaka. Kanyma is an informal and overpopulated settlement, where the situation of girls, especially the orphans, and women is really dramatic, because they are often physically, sexually and emotionally abused. In poor neighborhoods as Kanyama, gender based violence cases have reached alarming levels. Women have limited access to education and gender roles reduce their participation in labour market.
The project is aimed not just to help women victims of GBV but also to protect children victims or witnesses of violence, through two instruments: a Mobile Unit and a One Stop Centre. The Street Unit will be composed by two local social community workers who will detect victims of violence.The victims will be directed to the Centre in order to benefit from nursing, legal advice and psychological rehabilitation. Synergies with other organisations already active in Lusaka are crucial to the effectiveness of the intervention. In particular, with police units, hospitals, with associations offering free legal advice, with shelters where to send the victims away from a serious threat when their life is at risk.
The project includes also workshops about GBV in schools and local churches in order to sensitize teenagers, youths and the leaders of the community: this training is a crucial cultural intervention to fight against the gender stereotypes and to promote gender equity and equality.
Zambia is a country of Southern Africa. The capital Lusaka is the typical African metropolis which developed a lot in the last decades. Despite the economic growth of the past few years, 64% of the population still lives under the poverty line, with less than 1.90 dollars per day. On the edge of Lusaka there are a lot of slums where people live with severe financial difficulties and without basic facilities: drinking water, sanitation facilities, hospitals and schools. The population living in slums like Kanyama is mainly involved in small businesses, as selling vegetables and groceries. In 2015 in Zambia 35% of the population was still living without drinking water and 56% didn't have access to proper sanitation facilities. In these settlements life is particularly tough and the situation gets worse during the rainy season, due to outbreaks of cholera and tubercolosis (it easily spreads as a result of the HIV infection). According to 2014 UNICEF report, in Zambia more than one million people are HIV positive, and more than a half of them are women.
In areas so poor as Kanyama many women, young people and men are involved in criminal activities like theft, drug dealing, and prostitution.