Through initiating and supporting community-based discussions and training for religious leaders, DICAC brought a positive change and improved the lives of men and women in Gorgo Woreda, Amhara regional State, North Shoa.
EOTC-DICAC has an intervention in North Shoa, financed by NCA, which aims to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities through three different thematic areas, CR-WaSH, Faith Based Climate Action, and GBV Interventions. Under GBV intervention, awareness creation training and community conversations are undertaking to create a free GBV community.
Faith actors take the golden share for successful positive community engagement throughout the project implementation. Engaging faith actors in community conversation groups helps to transform dominant social norms to protect women and girls.
Kesis Tamere T/tsadik is one of the leading priests and members of the community conversation group who advocate the relevance of sharing responsibility in the household, encouraging men to take care of their wives, and teaching prevention of GBV & early marriage integrating it with the theological aspect.
Kesis Tamere is taken as a role model and participates in several discussions to share his experience with the community. Apart from teaching the community, Kesis Tamere helps his wife with house chores and taking care of their family.
"…Your wife is a gift from God; she is the apple of your eyes; hurting her is like hurting, your eyes. I don't do anything without consulting my wife. She is always my priority…" Says, Kesis Tamere T/tsadik.
Depending on these positive public engagements, the community has improving awareness, minimizing the prevalence of Gender Based Violence & early child marriage, and FGM.