Women in trades as Volunteers
One of the strategies for disseminating information in rural areas includes training women in various trades to improve their existing trade and acquire additional vocational skills. They also acquire factual information on health issues. The information on health issues are on reproductive health, rights and choices; various modes of HIV transmission and prevention; importance of VCT services and where to access service. Issues around safe motherhood are also addressed while, they are also encourage to share their new knowledge on vocational skills with other women who may need the skills to improve their livelihoods. They will also continue encouraging members of their community to improve on their livelihoods so that they have resources to access health and VCT services.
Wives of Traditional Leaders as Advocates
Gender balance is important in every program, one wife of each of the traditional leaders who were trained, was invited and trained separately for three days on the same issues the husbands were trained. The segregation of the men from the women encouraged the female participants to openly discuss RH issues. Many important contributions were made, which they said were restricted by culture from expressing in the presence of their husbands. The participant's concerns on the prevalence of HIV in their states was openly projected as they extensively discussed the causes, impact, as well as the solutions to the challenges it poses to the development of their communities. The participants fully understood the commitment sought from them and promised to carry out all the expected tasks of creating awareness among their female folks in their respective communities. It was reported at follow-up that discussions were held during naming and wedding ceremonies as well as during community meetings. Topic addressed include Drug Abuse, HIV Stigmatization, Girl Child Education, Child Marriage, Women’s wellness, Skills acquisition and Child Spacing.
Garko Women Associations
Various women groups were formed to encourage women’s participation in community and local government decision making processes. The purpose of the program is to empower rural women to take leadership in socio-economic activities and be able to access reproductive health and rights: safe motherhood and other services for their total wellbeing. The process started with group formation as women were grouped according to their trades and leaders were elected. Capacities were built according to trade. Issues addressed at the training include how to enhance their mini trades; income generation and co operative development; how to get credit and loans; how to do advocacy and lobby for their needs in the local government; and on Reproductive Health components, services and rights.
Literacy classes, Vocational skills training to supplement trade and religious knowledge is still ongoing