Participants sharing ideas on how people can access justice
Likoma NICE recently conducted a capacity building training for NICE volunteers (Para-Civic Educators-PCEs, Zone Coordinators-ZC and Area Civic Education coordinators-ACEC) on access to justice. The training was aimed at building the capacity for the volunteers to championing BREAK THE SILENCE campaign through community engagement which NICE is implementing in the district as one way for increasing access to justice.
Despite having security agencies, District social welfare office and District community office, the district still experiencing an increase of unreported child and women abuse which among other reasons are due to lack of information on their rights, where to report such abuse, economic status, cultural and family issues.
Speaking at the Training NICE District Civic Education Officer for Likoma Patrick Chikoti said the National Initiative for Civic Education has embarked a special program to BREAK THE SILENCE to enable such cases to be reported to Police for action.
“This training will equip our volunteers with the information which they are going to be shared to the people so that they are well informed on where to report cases of defilement, rape and other forms of violence.” Chikoti Said.
“We noted there is a culture of silence among people in the island, while there are cases of gender-based violence very few are reported. We felt we should teach people to break the silence.” Chikoti added.
The training was facilitated by Police, Judiciary, District Social welfare office and District Community Development office.