Reflect and discuss: VAW prevention principles

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    Regina Kacwamu

      I am familiar with a programme on women’s leadership and GBV prevention in rural Uganda, implemented by one of the leading women’s rights organizations. The programme ensure facilitates capacity building for women and men champions in the community who reach out to other women and men in the community on women’s rights and identify and support them to recognize and address violence.

      During orientation and capacity building sessions, the trained women and male champions analyze gender and power dynamics in the community and suggest context-specific strategies of approaching these conversations in the community in a way that will not escalate violence against women and girls.

      In the capacity building sessions, the women and male champions are taught about gender concepts, different oppressing powers such as patriarchy, social norms and masculinity and how they reinforce violence against women. This way, they have conceptual grounding and confidence to discuss and interrogate these issues in their community dialogues with the wider community.

      The programme also incorporates male champions who reach out to fellow men in the community to educate them about women’s rights, GBV and the importance of supporting women to participate in leadership roles in their community. This way, the programme meaningfully involves women as well as enhances the participation of men in preaching positive male masculinities as a safety strategy to reduce backlash against empowered women. The programme incorporates a GBV response component where it supports linkages of survivors of violence to health, counselling and law enforcement and justice services.

      The organization has an institutional development objective where the staff are capacitated on VAW, gender, women and empowerment issues before they transfer these to the community.


        The program majorly focuses on women and girls who at some point have survived an experience of violence. To mitigate and prevent occurrence of violence in future the women are involved in telling their story and are empowered on prevention and sent out to enlighten others.


          Accountable to women and girls

          The program majorly focuses on women and girls who at some point have survived an experience of violence. To mitigate and prevent occurrence of violence in future the women are involved in telling their story and are empowered on prevention and sent out to enlighten others.

          Based in a gender-power analysis

          The community we serve is male dominated, the women meet these men in their business to serve as their clients. These men intern assault them due to their power imbalance.

          Inclusive and intersectional

          In our interventions we involve both me and women in preventing violence against women by training both genders to be advocates of women rights and safety. We also involve community leaders and other organizations focusing on anything related to gender and violence.

          Prioritising the safety of women and girls

          We treasure data security and respect the life and dignity of our clients. We provide our women and girls with continuous education on safety precautions of dealing with the community to ensure their safety. We also partner with police and public service authorities to ensure protection of the group we serve in the field. The data they provide is handled with care and treated confidential. Finally, medical and psychological treatment is offered to the survivors to promote their mental and physical well-being.

          Starting with ourselves

          For us to offer quality services to our clients it starts with us working on our attitudes, ideas and stereotypes on the issue that affect of women. We are enlightened on handling our emotions and personal issues so as not to interfere with our services.

          MANIRAKOZE Edouard

            In my Organization,we have a programme which seek to prevent violence against women by helping them to set their own business so that they Will not always wait for their husband to satisfy every need at home. To set this programme,we began to senzitize men so that they become aware of the working of their wives. We referred to examples of women who are Ministers,teach at universit√©s,…

            Chantal Uwambaza

              SASA is a Kiswahili word meaning “now,” emphasizing the urgency to stop GBV, particularly violence against women and girls, and its link to HIV/AIDS.
              The SASA approach has evolved through years of community engagement to prevent VAW, refining its process, structure, and content through trial and error, careful listening to community feedback, and an understanding of community and organizational needs in social change processes
              SASA is a pivotal process for creating change. The second phase, the “Awareness” phase, is a time to inform, agitate, and draw attention to these issues, urging people to stop, listen, take notice, and engage. To capture attention and drive change, SASA challenges the status quo by presenting issues in new, provocative ways, making people uncomfortable. This discomfort is essential for change, as it prompts individuals to question and challenge existing norms and behaviors:

              SASA provides a gendered analysis of power dynamics and inequalities, focusing on how both women and men can leverage their power for positive change
              It’s a comprehensive community mobilization approach aiming to prevent VAW by catalyzing community-driven change in norms and behaviors that perpetuate gender inequality, violence, and women’s heightened vulnerability to HIV.

              SASA recognizes the importance of working with all diverse people including women with disabilities, mental health LGBTQ. this program focuses on challenging any discriminations based on gender and other differences.
              Throughout SASA discussions, the safety of women and girls are priotized through creating safe environment for both girls and women.

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