A well-designed sport programme not only helps survivors of GBV on an individual level, but also extends the services to family members. Observations from the field indicate that some members of sports teams had accessed counselling and educational services for their children through AKWOS. Some of the children were experiencing trauma related to the violence they had witnessed during the genocide. The benefits of sport programmes are far-reaching and can impact all members of the family in conflict/post-conflict areas. When a girl/woman is violated, it is important to consider that other family members may benefit from the programme’s support also.
Don’t forget about the young children. Why not take an example from our partners? When mothers started to bring their young children to classes, one organisation developed a specific class for the children. Consider a single mother with a child born of rape that feels isolated and has no choice but to bring her child to class. She may feel shunned and stigmatised by her family and community who are unwilling to help. Be as accommodating as possible. If sport programmes developed separate toddler- or child-friendly classes, survivors of GBV would feel less stressed. They would be able to enjoy their exercise, safe in the knowledge that their child also had a safe space.