Gender Based Violence (GBV) Prevention among Adolescents Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Program.

ZACH is a sub-sub recipient under the National AID Council (NAC) implementing Zimbabwe Global Fund HIV grant that contribute to the “Zimbabwean National HIV Strategy Plan and commitment towards fast tracking 95- 95-95 targets and ending AIDS by 2030”. The Start, Awareness, Support and Action (SASA) and One Stop Centre (OSC) component under the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) had been supported by the Global Fund grant from 2018-2026. The Global Funded SASA Model is operational in 6 districts namely Umguza, Umzingwane, Chimanimani and Kwekwe, Bindura and Masvingo. The One Stop Centre’s is operational in 4 districts Umguza, Umzingwane, Chimanimani and Kwekwe.

SASA! is an exploration of power initiative —what it is, who has it, how it is used, how it is abused and how power dynamics between women and men can change for the better. SASA! -demonstrates how understanding power and its effects can help us prevent violence against women and HIV infection. SASA! is an acronym for a four-phase process:

  • Start thinking about violence against women and HIV/AIDS as interconnected issues and the need to personally address these issues.
  • Raise Awareness about communities’ acceptance of men’s use of power over women, which fuels HIV/AIDS and violence against women.
  • Support women and men directly affected by or involved in these issues to change.
  • Take Action to prevent HIV/AIDS and violence against women.

ZACH through implementation of the SASA and OSC projects had been able to;

  • Build local activism – As encouraging others to become activists in the local community is at the core of the SASA! -movement. Community dramas, quick chats, community conversations, and public events are some of the strategies to involve the broader community.
  • Conduct advocacy – Reaching out to everyone in the community through advocacy to increase impact.
  • Develop communication materials – Materials include a pamphlet, posters, comic sheets, and games. These communication materials encourage individuals and organizations in the community to begin talking and thinking about violence and HIV/AIDS.
  • Train stakeholders in the community that include police officers, health care workers, teachers, local leaders, religious leaders, counsellors, non-governmental organizations (NGO) workers.