Churchers Uniting Against Abuse Capmaign

Bringing together churches and religious leaders from different denominations to unite against abuse and protecting the girl child from harmful religious and cultural practices

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

-To provide to the girl child and community at large as to where and how to access assistance when needed.
-To raise awareness on girl child rights and to place the church at the fore front of change and development.
-To increase access to justice both socially and legally for all survivors of rape.
-To appeal to all stakeholders, individuals, activists, academics, media and people who believe in human right, social justice and peace to be part of this campaign.

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

-workshops with religious leaders from different denominations to sensitize them on abuse against girls
-awareness campaign with al relevant stakeholders such as police, government ministries, community members
-campaign march in a high density area for increased impact
-counselling services offered on the day of the march to people with cases of abuse

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

-uniting churches from different denominations for a common cause
-involvement of important stakeholders such as police, government ministries such as social welfare; health and child welfare; women and gender, members of the community
-use of social media including radio shows-involvement of schools

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

Over 500 people from all walks of life

CHALLENGES FACED

-resources for the awareness campaign
-initial resistance from the church leaders

LESSONS LEARNT

-further workshops need to be conducted with church leaders
-awareness campaigns need to be spread out to other areas resources permitting
-church leaders and traditional leaders need sensitization workshops to unite against abuse against girls
-involvement of the community is important as they are caregivers to girls