Farmer Schools A Safe Place To Discuss Gender-Based Violence

Published on 06 December 2013

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

USAID Farmer Schools
USAID Farmer Schools

In Tanzania, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partner Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief have learned that Farmer Field Schools, where farmers teach each other about techniques to improve production, can also be places where men and women talk about sensitive topics like gender-based violence.

USAID is joining the international community for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence from November 25, International End Violence Against Women Day, through December 10, International Human Rights Day.

Having a place for women and men to talk and learn together like the Farmer Field Schools creates an environment of support, USAID gender adviser Sylvia Cabus wrote in a recent post on the USAID Impact blog. USAID indirectly funds Farmer Field Schools through partners like Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief.

According to Cabus, Kizom Farm Field School member Saada had planned to use money from selling cotton she raised to open a village tea shop for added income. But her husband seized the money and beat her.

Having learned about human rights at Kizom, Saada told her school peers about what happened. The group sent some members to visit the husband and speak to him about equal rights. They explained that Saada had the right to control money, especially money she had earned. They also told him that she had the right to be treated with respect and live free from violence.

After her husband had time to think about what they had said, his relationship with Saada improved, and Saada became an inspiration to others in her community, Cabus wrote.



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Posted 2013-12-06 10:31:00