Masibambisane: A community response model for addressing gender-based violence

The FHR has undertaken to partner with communities to tackle the nationwide scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) through developing and piloting a community-centric model promoting community agency and ownership. The pilot model called Masibambisane, builds on other existing models that take a zero-tolerance approach to addressing GBV in various communities. 

Through this project, community members are trained and capacitated to form GBV community structures or forums, which will lead initiatives in the community aimed at heightening awareness of gender-based violence. In addition, these structures will enhance the knowledge base of community structures to be able to effectively address gender-based violence in the community. The Masibambisane programme complements the FHR /Street law training workshops by assisting communities to become first-responders to gender-based violence.



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