A Banachimbusa displaying traditional clay art used as teaching tools
Since 2015, with help and funding from MTV Staying Alive Fund and Lush Charity Pot, we have been collaborating with Banachimbusa (female elders and marriage counsellors who teach young women about traditional cultural practices regarding sex, gender, and relationships). We have collaborated with more than 150 Banachimbusa, through integrated traditional ceremonies which honor and respect traditional culture while offering sensitization about modern issues including: women’s rights and empowerment; sexual/reproductive health rights; and gender based violence.
This collaboration creates a balanced, culturally relevant approach to training young women about how to protect themselves and strengthen their agency as women. More than 2,000 female youth have been trained by the Banachimbusas who have collaborated with this program, and more continue to be trained every day!