YALI Alumni Comoros hosted a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention training program at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mutsamudu, Anjouan, March 19-21. The program was fully funded by the U.S. Embassy. Said M’Changama Akim and Marie Christina Kolo, experts in the field of GBV, trained 30 participants, including YALI members, journalists, and civil society leaders. Marie Christina Kolo received the global 2022 YALI Impact Award for her work fighting GBV in Madagascar.
Participants learned skills to identify GBV and developed communication plans to raise community awareness and refer survivors to support services. Participants will organize awareness campaigns and workshops across Comoros. Delegate for Education Nabil Djaffar, Deputy Mayor Ibrahim Said, Director of the Gender Department Sittina Echa, representatives from local NGOs, media, and YALI members attended the March 21 closing ceremony.
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