Islamic Relief (IR) South Africa hosted workshops for the organisation’s African offices to discuss tackling HIV/Aids and gender-based violence (GBV).
The three-day event was held in Johannesburg, with collaboration from the United Nations’ programme on Aids (UNAIDS) and was attended by Islamic Relief representatives from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.
The workshops aimed to build knowledge and skills in IR offices for attendees, in order to boost local projects that aim to combat gender-based violence and Aids. UN OCHA and GenCap also supported the event which was held in late November, prior to World Aids Day on December 1.
In addition to workshops, attendees heard from a young woman living with HIV who gave a personal insight into living with the virus.
Najat Elhamri, who represented Islamic Relief Worldwide at the event, said, “The workshops were really fruitful and allowed members of the Islamic Relief family to enhance their skills and knowledge about HIV/Aids and GBV. It has helped to reinforce the fight against GBV and HIV, and has given these issues more prominence on Islamic Relief’s agenda, particularly for the IR offices in countries where HIV/Aids is most prevalent.”
Islamic Relief’s attending African offices developed new action plans on how to further integrate combating HIV and gender-based violence into programmes in their respective IR offices.