SASA! Act now against violence


SASA! means ‘now!’ in Kiswahili. This comprehensive approach combines tools and a systematic process for community mobilisation to prevent violence against women and HIV. SASA! was developed by Raising Voices and is being implemented in Kampala, Uganda by the Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP). 

Raising Voices

Raising Voices website

Recognized as a pioneer in preventative approaches to gender violence, Raising Voices is a results-oriented organization based in Kampala, Uganda. 

Raising Voices works to prevent violence against women and children. It addresses the root causes of violence such as traditional gender roles and the imbalance of power between women and men. In 2003, Raising Voices co-founded the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) in Kampala.

Reducing alcohol-related HIV risk - Katherine Fritz

Low-income urban communities in southern Africa typically experience the double burden of high HIV prevalence and harmful rates of alcohol use. The wide availability of inexpensive alcohol and the high number of informal, unlicensed bars have been identified as part of the problem.  However, in many such communities, alcohol selling is a cornerstone of the informal economy. 

Vulnerability and risk of violence: A study among urban adolescent boys in Mumbai, India

The perpetration of violence during adolescence is a complex phenomenon, with interrelated factors including inequitable gender norms and values in society, along with witnessing of violence against women.

Sex workers draw attention to violence as a structural driver of HIV

STRIVE partners led a district-level campaign last month, to raise awareness of the links between violence against sex workers and HIV in Karnataka, India.

STRIVE partners led a district-level campaign last month, to raise awareness of the links between violence against sex workers and HIV in Karnataka, India.

Alcohol use and HIV incidence among female food and recreational facility workers in Tanzania

A growing body of literature suggests that alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of HIV. This poster illustrates results from two studies presented by STRIVE member MITU at AIDS 2012. The research found that HIV incidence was higher among women who were identified by the AUDIT scale as problem drinkers.

Social norms theory and practice: resources from STRIVE workshop

Presentations on how a social norms perspective might be applied to partner violence and other issues. 

In January 2013, STRIVE brought together a group of researchers and practitioners in a three-day meeting that aimed to:

Social Norms Meeting

UNESCO: Gender Equality, HIV and Education

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New thinking and emerging research on interrelated aspects of education, HIV and gender equality in global development. 

The booklet features a case study from STRIVE member ICRW-ARO (see p.62). Based on the Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS) project, ICRW-ARO demonstrate that it is possible to stimulate discussion on gender equality in a traditionally hierarchical setting and to make a positive difference to students’ attitudes and behaviours. 

World Bank report: investing in communities achieves results

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Evaluation of the role of community mobilization in HIV responses