Aboard the papal plane, 01 October, 2023 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, is seeking to end Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Somalia in an initiative that also involves supporting victims of the vice.
In a Monday, September 25 report, Trócaire officials say that women who usually bear the brunt of GBV are subjected to “female genital mutilation (FGM) and early forced marriage, rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.”
“Trócaire works in the Luuq district to end gender-based violence and to provide support to those affected,” the officials of the Catholic entity say.
They add, “Trócaire provides support to survivors such as medical treatment, psychosocial support, and GBV prevention and community response programs. Trócaire also distributes dignity kits and solar lamps to women to increase safety during dark hours.”
The leadership of the Catholic entity narrates the story of Amina (not her real name), who benefitted from the GBV initiative after experiencing sexual and physical harassment while at the internally displaced people (IDPs) camp in the Luuq district in Gedo.