The notion that violence against women is cultural for some communities and therefore does not warrant a serious response continues to put women at greater risk. The Peace Centre trained of 30 Community Activists 15 from the host communities and 15 from the refugee communities to equip the Community Activists with knowledge and skills in joining power together with others to create change. The Community Activists under-went a three day’s SASA Together Support Phase training in Adjumani from 28th to 31st May 2021.
Participants were helped to understand that, “SASA! is about inspiring a positive change in our communities and the need for individuals and communities to feel supported in making that change. The training emphasized Sexual and Gender Based Violence as a concern that needs to be acknowledged and included conversation on joining Power with Others. The discussion on Stigma, Violence and HIV/AIDS included Understanding Shame and Obstacle / Barriers to Discloser Supporting Crisis and Change.
This is under the project Leading Voices: Strengthening Capacities for Gender Based Violence Prevention and Peace Building in Humanitarian Context in Adjumani district – Uganda with funding support from Women Peace and Humanitarian Fund under Spotlight Initiatives. This intends to strengthen the leadership capacity and influence of local women leaders and women groups across refugee settlement and host community at Sub County level in Adjumani district to work together to address Violence Against Women, Women’s specific Peace and Security concerns as well as effectively influence peace building and decision making processes to advance gender equality in humanitarian setting using SASA Together methodology.
The training successfully equipped Community Activists with knowledge and skills on SASA Support phase explored specific options and considerations for joining power with others to create change. It also gave a chance for participants to identify the categories of people to provide support to including; women experience violence, men using violence, men and women trying to balance power, men and women who are speaking out in the community about VAW and HIV/AIDS and Community Activists. Participants also developed community action plans to foster awareness in the host and refugee communities, CAs were supported to identify and to integrate Activism in their routine schedules in the individual action plans.