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NATICC Empowering Local Safety Networks on GBV, PSEA, VAC and TP Prevention

NATICC hosted a two-day seminar for social services workforce at Gege Inkhundla on October 10th and 11th, 2023. The training was attended by a total of 160 participants, consisting of 120 males and 40 females.  The training was attended by the various social services workforce who are present in communities. These include Sunday school teachers, Community Police, Rural Health Motivators (RHMs), and World Vision Volunteers.

The social service workforces were educated on gender norms and their relevance in addressing issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV), Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Violence Against Children (VAC) and Teenage Pregnancy (TP) in their respective communities. The group was encouraged to embrace the existing positive societal norms and denounce practices that perpetuate violence in society. Additionally, they were equipped with knowledge about gender equality and equity. The training also incorporated a deeper understanding of the current trends and patterns in GBV, PSEA, VAC and TP, this also entailed having a deeper understanding of the contributing factors to these social ills.

During the seminar, the participants were also capacitated on the provisions of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act (SODVA) of 2018 and the Children’s Protection and Welfare Act (CPWA) of 2012. The two pieces of legislation cover a wide range of offenses, including those that happen to children, such as incest and rape. Finally, they were encouraged to report any cases of abuse. The training also emphasized on the importance of parents taking responsibility for raising their own children instead of relying on teachers and grandparents.

NATICC Officers also shared information on services provided under the Care and Support Department, such as counseling, referral for continuum of care, reintegration after dropping out of school, Litsemba Lami Support Group (LLSG) and Family Conferencing (FC) services to name a few. They were also informed about the referral pathways and what to consider before referring someone, such as confidentiality, self-determination, non-judgment, non-discrimination, and providing accurate information when assisting someone.