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AMISOM trains officials in Jubaland to tackle conflict-related sexual violence

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AMISOM trains officials in Jubaland to tackle conflict-related sexual violence

The aim is to increase the pool of trainers in the field to ensure that we are combating conflictrelated sexual violence and to promote advocacy to end impunity.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, November 19, 2021 / APO Group / –

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) concluded a five-day training workshop on preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Kismayo, the administrative capital of Jubaland state.

The training of trainers course was attended by 25 trainers (15 men and 10 women) on sexual and gender-based violence in Jubaland.

Gloria Jaase, AMISOM Protection Officer, noted that the training aimed to improve participants’ knowledge of preventing conflict-related sexual violence.

“Today we have professionals who are already working in the field on child protection, SGBV and conflict-related sexual violence. The aim is to increase the number of trainers in the field to ensure that we are combating conflict-related sexual violence and to promote advocacy to end impunity, ”said Gloria.

It is expected that after the training, participants in turn train their colleagues in the prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence in their communities.

During the workshop, participants covered important topics which included training on training skills, human rights including the rights of women and children, and conflict-related sexual violence.

Participants are expected to be able to transfer the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to their work.

“This course will have a positive impact on the community. It will produce teachers capable of meeting the needs of the community. Today 25 interns have been trained, and if each of them can change at least one or two lives, it can have a big impact on the community, ”said Raho Abdullahi Mohamud, one of the participants.

Fartun Abdi Mohamud, another participant said: “We have gained a lot from the course; for example, how conflict-related sexual violence affects victims – men and women and the trauma they face after the horrific incidents, which includes a bleak future, depression and stigma.

Ayaan Mohamed Hassan, another participant expressed his joy, noting that the course has been very beneficial and will have a positive impact on the community.

“We are grateful to AMISOM and the Jubaland Ministry of Education for organizing such an important course. We have gained invaluable knowledge that we can use to impact the community and pass that knowledge on to them, ”said Ayaan.

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