Violence against women (VAW)
Violence against women (VAW), also known as gender-based violence, is, collectively, violent acts that are primarily or exclusively committed against women. Sometimes considered a hate crime,this type of violence targets a specific group with the victim’s gender as a primary motive. This type of violence is gender-based, meaning that the acts of violence are committed against women expressly because they are women. The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women states that:
“violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women” and that “violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men.”
Jane is one of beneficiaries of MECO OVC sponsorship program
“I always wanted to be a teacher, especially in my community, because the literacy levels are very low and poverty high. I really want to be part of the ‘changers’ of the status quo. This is only possible if I have an education, college education. I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel after completing college through support of MECO. Right now I am prepared to perform even better because you’ve given me everything I need and now its up to me to sit down and work hard.”Said Jane
Alice is a beneficiary of MECO WASH programme This is like a dream come true. I am so grateful to MECO for drilling us a borehole. You have solved my biggest puzzle in life as a mother and pastoralist. I can now fetch water on a daily basis at a near distance and do my washing regularly as my livestock drink water daily. The hygiene status of my family and health of my livestock has improved tremendously. Says Alice.
Women are fetching clean water after the borehole has been drilled.