Media release - In its online campaign for International Women's Day 2021, terre des hommes schweiz is focusing on the work of LifeLine. The South African partner organisation supports and
One year ago, terre des hommes schweiz appointed three methodological officers, the Officers for PSS and Youth Participation (OPY). A few weeks ago our OPY for Tanzania, Abubakar Mutoka Balibanga, visited Basel. We wanted to find out from him what the situation is regarding gender-based violence in Tanzania.
With the exhibition "Welcome home", terre des hommes schweiz is participating in an awareness raising project of several organisations from Basel on the subject of domestic violence. The exhibition is accompanied by a broad supporting programme.
The annual conference of aidsfocus.ch and terre des hommes schweiz on 10 April 2014 in Berne was devoted to the topic of "Sexual Violence and HIV". According to the WHO, every third woman worldwide is exposed to physical and/or sexual violence. These attacks have a direct impact on the health of those affected and are one of the main causes of HIV infection.
Irene Bush, PSS Psychosocial Support Unit
Every ten minutes a woman is raped in South Africa. Almost every second young woman under 18 has been raped once. Our partner organization LifeLine supports the victims and carries out major prevention work in South Africa. Sinikiwe Biyela, Director of LifeLine Pietersmaritzburg, will visit us on April 7 and will report on the work of LifeLine.
Many of the partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz have been dealing with the problem of gender-specific violence for years. In Africa, more than every third woman suffers violent assaults. However, it is not only women from countries of the South who are struggling with this phenomenon. The annual campaign "16 days against violence against women" draws attention to this problem and its consequences.
The young South Africans Nondumiso Gule and Haniffa Nzama, together with our partner organisation LifeLine, have established a contact point for people affected by violence at the district hospital in Escourt. There they advise and accompany victims of sexual violence in particular. Now the hospital recognizes their work and places them in a permanent position.
Lucy Elias, a staff member of our partner organisation Kivulini in Tanzania, was arrested by the police this week: The parents of a 17-year-old girl accuse her of helping her daughter to escape from the family. The girl had sought help from Lucy Elias because she is abused by her family.