The training workshop was a two-day long program from 8th to 9th December 2016.The training workshop was organized WiLDAF for boda boda as part of commemoration of 16-days of activism.
The broad objective of the training was to sensitize and build capacity of the boda boda riders on gender, HIV & AIDS and violence so that they can become champions on prevention of violence, active by standers by taking action to intervene in the situation someone is experiencing violence and mobilize their respective communities towards prevention of HIV and Gender Based Violence.
The training was facilitated by well experienced trainer with immense experience in the field of gender, sexual and reproductive health and organization development who have worked with FHI and CHAMPION project Dr. Katanta Mantamba Simwanza. A total of 30 ridders from all districts in Dar attended this two days’ program.
This year, WiLDAF in Tanzania will join hands with other actors in the country to call for prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. It seeks to mobilize efforts, inspire small steps towards change and call the policy makers to address violence against women and girls. This will be done through We Can Campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. This campaign brings an alliance of over 100 civil society organizations, activists, local government institutions and media who are committed collectively to raising large scale public awareness on bias, inequality and violence against women, particularly domestic violence
Therefore WiLDAF have organized the in house interactive training to address the issues on gender, HIV and violence by working with boda boda .The training was conducted for two consecutive days and as the outcome of this training program the boda bod ridders gained knowledge on the link between gender, HIV ,violence and health outcome. They were able to analyses the direct relationship of negative gender norms and poor health outcome. Described vividly how these gender norms result into causing new HIV infection and AIDS, low prevalence of contraception and increased rates of unplanned pregnancies, the way it contributes to high poor maternal health and highly increased cases and perpetuation of gender based violence. They were also enlightened of the concept of gender and issues related to gender, and pledged when they go back into their communities/vijiwe to raise awareness to other colleagues.
They leaned about and acquainted sound knowledge on the advocacy strategies and they were able to identify areas where they can play a devil role as advocate to ensure gender based violence silence and conspiracy is broken in the community.
As the way forward and recommendation boda boda ridders acknowledged this to be eye opener program and requested WiLDAF this program should not only be limited to boda boda ridders but should include other influential and power actors in the communities