SAVE Training of women Religious Leaders on Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Jamaica on the 6th-8th of February.

Reverend Phumzile Mabizela (INERELA+’s Executive Director) and Dr Nyambura Njoronge (WCC) jointly facilitated a SAVE training work shop on Sexual and Gender-based Violence on 6th-8th of February under the funding of Robert Carr Network Foundation. The training was organised by the Jamaica Council of Churches to empower women on the SAVE methodology as well as to sensitise them on the effects of SGBV in relation to HIV and AIDS. Reverend Mabizela presented on the basic facts on HIV and AIDS, the use of proper terminology which does not constitute discrimination and the move from ABC to SAVE. She emphasized on the importance of talking to kids early about sex, HIV & AIDS. The participants were warned on the excessive belief in faith healing by deceptive pastors who discourage people from taking medication. Dr Nyambura led the participants on contextual bible studies on abuse using the story of Tamar in the bible (2 Samuel 13: 1-22) and advised women not to be passive victims of sexual and gender-based violence as this may cause suicide, therefore women must speak out against SGBV. The training finally touched on the issues of transformative masculinities, SSDDIM which culminated the training into action planning at congregational level.