Violence and the threat of violence limit women's capacity to avoid HIV infection. Many women also experience violence because they are HIV-positive. The root cause of this violence is the imbalance of power in relationships between women and men, girls and boys.
SASA! is a community mobilisation programme developed by Raising Voices in Kampala, Uganda. The Activist Kit is a comprehensive toolkit based on extensive field testing. It is designed for individuals and communities to start working toward a balance of power between women and men.
The Activist Kit comes in four sections, each one representing a key phase of community mobilisation:
- The start phase focuses on power within, helping advocates to identify the connections between violence against women and HIV
- The awareness phase comprises tools to engage the community and increase awareness of men's power over women
- The support phase guides communities in offering support to one another - joining their power with others to confront the dual pandemics of violence against women and HIV/AIDS.
- The action phase offers tools for communities to use their power to take action, with the aim to normalize shared power and non-violence.