We are adapting the SASA!/PtG methodology, an evidence-based approach to address VAGW and HIV in the Mwanza region. SASA!/PtG was designed based on the understanding that VAGW occurs and repeats within family, community, and social structures, calling for community-wide intervention. The focus on young females within the methodology recognizes them as a unique and diverse sub-population that requires contextualized strategies to address the power differences they experience in different areas of their lives.
AGH is coordinating a consortium of four organizations to implement this five-year project (from March 2016 to mid-2021) in the Magu district in the Mwanza region.
The goal of this project is to empower girls and young women and shift social and cultural norms in Mwanza toward the prevention of gender violence and HIV among girls and women.
The objectives are as follows:
- Problematize the related issues of gender violence and HIV and bring them to the attention of the public (frame VAWG as a social problem).
- Reposition gender violence and HIV by promoting and modeling positive individual and collective attitudes and behavior toward prevention.
- Increase girls’ safety, agency and voice by strengthening and expanding girl-centered programming platforms that equip girls and young women with protective assets.
- Build gender-equal relationships among females and males ages 10-18 in and out of school.