International Women’s Day: We can end violence

This International Women’s Day, we celebrate findings that the SASA! approach can mobilise communities to prevent violence against women and HIV. At its core, SASA! is a way to discuss and transform power. A rigorous evaluation showed that violence is preventable.

Often we have thought that it takes centuries and generations to make change but SASA! shows us that preventing violence against women is possible within a relatively short time. It is giving us a systematic way in which to do this work. We can actually see change happening.

Tina Musuya – Executive Director, CEDOVIP

This short video documents SASA’s community activists engaging at many levels – from individuals to families to leaders and institutions – to infuse a community with new ways of thinking and behaving.

Before I started working with SASA! we would hear a commotion every day because a man would be fighting with his wife. But nowadays six months can go by before you hear a single report that there is conflict in someone’s home.

Lawrence Ndugwa – Councillor and Activist

The video highlights:

  • the connections between violence against women (VAW) and HIV
  • inequality between men and women as the root cause of violence
  • ways to mobilise a community to tackle VAW and to build healthy relationships
  • the involvement of men as activists on these issues

The hardest thing that we thought would ever change were people’s attitudes. We are helping people to think about their power.

Josephine Kamisya – Senior Programme Officer, CEDOVIP

SASA! was created by Raising Voices and is being implemented in many parts of Africa and as far away as Mongolia and Haiti. This video shows the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) putting SASA! into action in Kampala, Uganda.

Video with subtitles can be viewed here.

Watch a short (4 minute) version of the video here.


SASA! and the SASA! study are part of a broader portfolio of research being undertaken by  the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) at LSHTM and by the STRIVE and WhatWorks consortia. The research aims to identify effective interventions to prevent intimate partner violence and to address gender inequality as a structural driver of HIV.


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