Protection against Gender Based Violence and Tamar Campaign

 Participants of the Regional Gender Forum undergo a training on the entry points through which National Councils of Churches can use to address GBV; held on 22nd October 2019, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

FECCLAHA seeks to scale up its GBV and Tamar Campaign through sustained regional and sub regional advocacy and campaigns, documentation of best practices of Tamar Campaign, facilitate assessment, monitoring and advocacy on the implementation of ICGLR protocol.

Tamar Campaign seeks to acknowledge the existence of Gender-Based Violence in our society, with particular focus on sexual and domestic violence, and to challenge churches to address the problem. The church is uniquely placed to play a decisive role in the prevention and elimination of the different forms of violence against women and children.

It has the clout and capacity to minister to the needs of those who have been abused as well as those who are perpetrators.  The church can provide opportunities for healing for victims, for example, by providing emotional and spiritual support, counseling, and shelter. This would complement the efforts of hospitals, civil society organizations, and the police. It can also provide sanctions and deterrent measures for perpetrators, for example, by holding them accountable for their deeds, and through counseling. The church can play a proactive role through its preaching and teaching about the evil of Gender-Based Violence, thereby setting standards for societal values that protect the well

The Campaign's vision is a continent, which is free from sexual and domestic violence, in which men, and women relate as equal partners made in God's image.

The Campaign's mission is to demonstrate God's compassion and justice to women and children who suffer indignity and violation through sexual and domestic violence.

The Campaign's primary goal is therefore, to work towards the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence.

Objectives:

  • To raise awareness on the prevalence, magnitude and consequences of sexual and domestic violence.
  • To encourage churches to speak out against the abuse of women and children.
  • To promote Bible studies and curricula on violence against women/children for use in theological institutions and churches.
  • To build the capacity of churches to provide support and opportunities for healing for victims of sexual and domestic violence.
  • To encourage churches to hold perpetrators accountable for their violence.
  • To collaborate with churches on violence prevention e.g. through programmes for men and youth.
  • To strengthen churches' networking and collaboration with civil society organizations, health service providers, schools, the police, judiciary, local administration, media and other stakeholders in addressing the problem of sexual and domestic violence.


  "Don't my brother, do not force me. Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don't do this wicked thing." - 2 Samuel 13:12

Tamar Campaign Profile

Tamar Campaign Contextual Bible Study Manual

Tamar Workshop Report, 2005

 

FECCLAHA undertook an assessment of the impact of the Tamar Campaign in the region since its introduction and launch in the region. To this end, interviews were held and questionnaires sent to practitioners that have used the Tamar Campaign in various ways in different countries. This was documented and published.

Gender Based Violence: The Impact of the Tamar Campaign in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (2014)