Youth Sexual Health Initiative organizes united against sex assault campaign in Blantyre

As a way of curbing the impact of rape, defilement and sexual harassment, Blantyre based Youth Sexual Health Initiative being spearheaded by Dr. Azariah Mosiwa has orgainsed a sexual health Training to equip people from different organizations with basic required skills and knowledge on sexual reproductive health.

Dr Mosiwa: United against rape, defilement and sexual harrassment

Reports indicate that From 1 January 2017 to 27th June 2017, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital’s One-Stop Center alone recorded more than 278 cases of rape, defilement and sexual harassment which essentially translate to an average of over 46 cases a month.

Slated for Saturday, 22 July at Blantyre Entrepreneurs Hub, the training targets 50 volunteers that directly deal with the youth and they will be trained in different sexual and reproductive health issues.

Speaking to Nyasa Times Youth Sexual Health Initiative (YSHI) Founder Dr. Azariah Mosiwa said, apart from the training there will be parade with the theme “United against Rape, Defilement and Sexual Harassment” in the commercial city of Blantyre where everyone is invited to take part.

The campaign is aimed at influencing change in individual and society-wide attitudes; and behaviors that condone and tolerate rape and defilement.

Mosiwa narrated “If our societies can unite to stop cases of sexual assault, the effects will go beyond protecting the victims and survivors; even as far as enabling societies to live in harmony and with a high sense of value and dependence”.

Mosiwa said sexual abuse need collective efforts to be stopped “Rape and defilement are not only a human right violation, but also a public health concern and a profoundly traumatic personal experience that impacting every aspect of victim or survivor’s life.”

After the training, according to Mosiwa, the volunteers will, depending on funding and other factors, be deployed into their communities to host trainings and sensitization campaigns on issues that affect the citizens that have little access to such vital information.

The campaign aims at sensitizing communities to stand together and achieve 0% rape and defilement cases, as well as empowering rape victims and survivors to open up and report their incidences to appropriate authorities.

Azariah Inspiration hopes to be able to implement the project countrywide, depending on cooperation and volunteer support from the general public as well as other organizations.

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