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Tearfund wins award for work on gender-based violence

Tue 12 Jun 2018
By Tola Mbakwe

Christian relief and development agency Tearfund is the winner of the International aid and development category at the 2018 Charity Awards.

The charity was honoured for its sexual and gender-based violence work in South Africa.

It started a project based in KwaZulu-Natal where 46 per cent of men admit to committing gender-based violence. The project aims to give survivors a safe space to reflect and heal, as well as share their stories with others who have faced a similar ordeal. It also encourages leaders in the area to speak out on the issue.

 

Tearfund said the project, which has been running for three years and is now a locally-owned, has supported 547 survivors.

The charity noted that 90 per cent of survivors said they had spoken out for the first time, improvements were recorded on survivors' quality of life across a range of physical and mental indicators and engagement with the issue among faith leaders increased.

Nigel Harris, CEO at Tearfund said: "Sexual and gender-based violence is one of the most damaging problems within societies across the world.

"This new project equipped and empowered survivors to work together, support each other and bring about transformation in their own lives."

Tearfund is exploring how it can support similar movements in other countries.

The Charity Awards celebrates and highlight best practice across the sector. Run by Civil Society Media, the annual awards programme helps to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity.

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