New project targets boys to end GBV

The ‘Tag a Life International’ Trust (TaLI), a grassroots organisation working for the protection of girl children in Zimbabwe, was launched at the Book Café.

The Trust’s goal is to end gender-based violence against pre-adolescent and adolescent girls in the Midlands Province by empowering girls with their rights and by teaching boys teaching about how to preventing violence against girls. The project will run in 300 schools for the empowerment clubs and in 160 wards through training Peer Educators who will in turn start dialogues to end Gender Based Violence against the girls.

Many previous attempts to end GBV have isolated men and boys, but this project seeks to involve them as part of the solution. This is an up-scaling of a project begun more than three years ago in Shurugwi in partnership with the US Embassy and HIVOS.

The trust is the brainchild of Gender Activist, Nyaradzo Mashayamombe (TaLI Executive Director), who survived the challenges faced by Rural Girls and realised the need to engage boys, men, women and guardians in the fight to end GBV and all discrimination in girls.

“Most atrocities against girls begin in the family with mothers/fathers perpetuating sexist, religious and cultural norms that hinder girls’ development like denying them an education preferring boys, socialising them to only exist for marriage and loading them with chores which take away their right to play and be children,” said Mashayamombe.

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