Panel discussion on Challenges of HIV/AIDS, Gender Based Violence, early marriage, STIs and other harmful traditional practices on women in Tigray Region was made facilitated by experienced panelists from Tigray women’s association. The discussion was interactive in the sense that the presenters addressed different situations of problems that poor and marginalized women and girls faced in the region and shared their ideas regarding the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, Harmful Traditional Practices and their particular effect on women.
During the event, certificate of recognition was given for successful women’s particularly from project beneficiaries to acknowledge their achievement and to inspire others and considering them as model for the rest. Entertaining and informing drama and poem were presented for participants by Axum University students and high school girls. As part f the event, promotional movement across major roads was also made to create public awareness on the celebration of women’s day by students and scout club.
Furthermore, T-shirt, and banners having the slogan of the year’s women’s day celebration and logos of sponsoring organizations were distributed for participants. Besides, a public coffee ceremony was organized as part of the promotion.
On top of this, crcumcisers and Harmful traditional Practices activists acknowledged the direct correlation of HTPs like FGM to HIV/AIDS and promised to stop their action in front of participants, and dropped away the instruments that they were using. Moreover, they reached on a concencesus to play vital role in eliminating Harmful Traditional Practices in their respective areas. Among the circumcisers that decided to advocate against HTP include-
- Ato.Gebregiorgis zeolegebre, age 86
- W/ro Negist Negash ,age 48
- W/ro Mulu Gelas Abera, age 67.
- W/ro Atsede Asfaw age 52.
The event accomplished its mission and met the expectations of all the stakeholders. And it was recommended finally that:-
- A lot has been done , but more to do yet to mainstream HIV/AIDS and gender issues in all development activities to reduce the incidence of infections on women and empower them socially and economically and to further strength their participation in development..
- Continuous and strategic interventions are strongly needed to reduce and eliminate the effect of HIV/AIDS on women and solve inequality related problems right from the grass root level in the Region to achieve development goals and objectives.