REDUCED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN THROUGH COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
Using SASA! Approach
Raising Voices and the GBV network organized the SASA! Approach
trainings for partners at Metropole Hotel, Kampala Uganda from 25 – 29
July 2011. The participants were drawn from Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi,
Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique,
Thailand, Cote D ivore, Rwanda and Uganda. Almost all participants were
involved in GBV, VAW and HIV/AIDS activities in their respective
organizations and Chinansi Foundation attended and participated in a
SASA! Training workshop.
The training process adopted an
interactive and reflective approach which encouraged and enhanced the
participants’ learning, sharing and working out of the way forward based
on the current practices in SASA! Approach. It was clear from the
participants’ expectations and the training tone that participants were
keen to see that the shared and acquired knowledge and skills are
translated into practices and further applied in their work of
addressing the VAW and HIV/AIDS.
Objectives of the SASA! Approach Training.
a) To introduce participants to the principles, philosophy and basic
skills of the SASA! Approach. b) To enhance the participants
knowledge and skills in using the SASA! Approach, including
understanding the dynamics of power. c) To identify ways for
participating NGOs to incorporate the SASA! Approach principles and
techniques into their work.
On the last day of the SASA!
Training, each participant was asked to come up with tasks that they
will do when they return to their respective countries and report the
same to Raising Voices. The following are the tasks that were presented
to the Raising Voices:
a) Conduct orientation session to Chinansi
staff in the SASA! Approach and VAW and HIV/AIDS context b) Build the
SASA! Team through conducting training session with the Chinansi staff
identified to manage the SASA! c) Identify and train the Community
Activists [CAs] as service providers that are directly linked in
providing support services to the GBV/VAW at community level, d)
conduct the asset mapping and baseline surveys on the VAW and HIV/AIDS
e) Conduct local stakeholders analysis
Using SASA! to address VAW/HIV
Chinansi Foundation that implements the Violence against Women (VAW)
and HIV and AIDS using the SASA! Approach in its programmes like the
Gogo Msamalira project. This helps the people to understand the power
dynamics and play a role in addressing the VAW and HIV/AIDS.