Many girls read poems, and acted out traditional plays with powerful FGM/C and early marriage themes. Speaker after speaker asked Pastoralist Child Foundation to continue extending its hand in empowering more girls. We’re so proud of each and every participant and grateful for a successful workshop!
Six of our children are under quarantine in their homes: Babah, Mary, Isatu, Mohamed, Ibrahim and Alie. This is the first, huge hit of our children under this dangerous Ebola disease. Despite all these circumstances, we continue to distribute toys and give our children meals.
All the scenes of crying and screaming of children, mothers, families and relatives are in my mind... but I could not do anything. I am helpless. I wish I could grab all them in my arms and could give them some peace.
Zonziewoh Mbondgulo interviews Yonga Nelly Shella, founder of Rural Women Development Center (RUWDEC): "My mum was the source of my inspiration. Her dedication and commitment for gender justice, a cause she stood so strongly for, was exemplary and admirable.”
In partnership with Rafiki Theatre Group, we carried out GBV and HIV/AIDS drama, training and capacity building of military personnel and their families and local communities in rural Kaabong and Kotido Township on gender-based violence, human rights and domestic violence...
Unfortunately, due to traditions, the rural women of the DR Congo often fail to openly discuss important life-changing issues with their daughters... In addition, the majority of the girls who attend school in the villages are very poor.
Most of the women in the local communities where we work have no voice in the choice of whom they marry, and there are many cases of early marriages and school-drop-out amongst girls... Girl children are often considered as a commodity to their parents and are expected to be given out for marriage as soon as “they get ripe”.
Pastoralist Child Foundation held a very successful educational camp for 60 girls... Girls make the commitment to share what they learn with their peers, relatives, and teachers. The workshops are interactive where facilitators encourage girls to speak openly and honestly about their beliefs and practices...