Then National, Tuesday 11th September, 2012
By AGNES FIFI UKI
FOUR gender-equality training sessions at the National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) were aimed at breaking down barriers in a male-dominant society.
Gender adviser at the secretariat Ruth Beriso, on giving out certificates to staff who had attended the sessions in the HIV/AIDS context from February to June, said the training helped staff to discuss sex more openly.
She said the training was funded and supported by a joint programme with the United Nations Women Country.
It was developed as a result of gender knowledge gap within the organisation after an audit was carried out on gender issues in August last year.
The NACS has both males and females managers and divisional heads and the training staff to participate equally in delivering services to fight HIV/AIDS in the country.
Former director of NACS Wep Kanawi was one of the guests and said he was pleased that the programme was introduced.
“The HIV programme is being managed with perception and most perception for the talk was bias against women and bias for men and now NACS must conduct HIV programmes to deal with men because they are the problem,” Kanawi said.