2 five-day national Together Support Phase Training of Trainers (ToT) in Kwekwe from July 18-22.
3 The ToT was made possible thanks to the support of the Spotlight Initiative, funded by the European Union, aimed at organizations already implementing SASA!
4 Together Start and Awareness phases in various provinces of Zimbabwe.
5 The training aimed to build the skills of the participants and encourage community members to unite power with women who experience violence and men who are potential allies to prevent violence against women and girls and reduce risks.
9 The methodology, based on the theoretical model of stages of change, aims to inspire, enable and structure effective community mobilization to prevent violence against women and HIV/AIDS.
10 Thirty-eight participants from various organizations including Katswe Sistahood, National AIDS Council, Zimbabwe Association of Church-related Hospitals (ZACH), Hope for a Child in Christ (HOCIC), Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) and The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development participated in the training, and will continue to train SASA!
11 Together Community Activists on how to implement the Support Phase at the community level in their respective program districts across the country.
13 As organizations prepare to move from the awareness phase to the support phase, they shared information on good practices gleaned from the experiences and achievements of the initiation and awareness phases.
14 Katswe Sistahood is successfully implementing SASA!
15 Joint methodology in Mbire and Guruve districts in Mashonaland Central province supported by UN Women under the Spotlight Initiative funded by the European Union and the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF).
16 Katswe Sistahood trained fifty community activists using the HeForShe dialogue model at breweries and sports activities, engaging men and boys to discuss issues of power imbalance and toxic masculinity.
17 In some cases, dramatic scenes have been used at monthly community meetings to convey messages and raise awareness of gender-based violence.
18 The main objective of these efforts is to achieve positive behavior change that eliminates gender-based violence, gender inequalities and HIV/AIDS.
19 Katswe Sistahood also supported Doma girls in Mbire district with dignity packages, 32 cases of gender-based violence were reported, and survivors were supported with women’s economic empowerment projects, be it goats or pigs, and sewing clubs.
21 Through the support of UN Women under the Spotlight Initiative, fifty community activists received bicycles to address mobility challenges.
22 “One of the biggest challenges we faced during the Inception and Awareness Phases in Mbire and Guruve was transportation services to travel for outreach and awareness purposes.
23 However, UN Women under the Spotlight initiative supported fifty trained community activists in Mbire and Guruve with bicycles to address this transportation challenge,” said Fadziso Maunganidze, Katswe Sistahood Program Officer.
25 Together in Hopley district, Harare province through the support of UN Women aimed at young people.
26 Significant positive changes have been achieved in the district.
27 The number of reported cases has increased, demonstrating increased awareness of referral pathways and support systems available for community residence.
28 SAYWHAT Provincial Program Officer, Ms. Rumbidzai Mabuto, said: “Through SASA!
29 Overall, there has been a positive change in behavior and social norms in Hopley, the number of GBV cases has decreased significantly, and there has been a better uptake of GBV services during the awareness phase due to the provision of clear referral and support pathways.
30 systems for GBV survivors”.
31 Speaking at the training, UN Women’s HIV and Gender Specialist, Ms. Redah Manga, highlighted that the training came at a crucial time when we are recovering from the distresses of COVID-19 that hampered the progress made in the phases of initiation and awareness.
32 “We needed to move into the support phase after being stuck in the Awareness Phase for the last two years, mainly due to COVID-19.
33 The training will support organizations towards the full cycle of SASA!
34 Methodology together to effectively support women experiencing GBV and men who want to change positively,” she said.
35 UN Women has been leading the SASA!
36 Together Methodology in Zimbabwe in association with its various implementing partners and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in an effort to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and mitigate HIV infections caused by violence against women, power imbalance and gender inequalities in Zimbabwe.
37 UN Women is currently providing technical and financial support to SAYWHAT, Katswe Sistahood and HOCIC and technical support to ZACH and the National AIDS Council, who are piloting SASA!
38 Together in Zimbabwe under the Global Fund. To date, organizations have implemented the Inception and Awareness phases in 2018 and 2019 and are now moving into the Support Phase.