Domestic violence is a key driver for HIV infection and vulnerability resulting from women’s HIV status which often leads to gender based violence. UGANET has successfully led the effort of conducting a National Gender and HIV Score Card, as a social accountability framework for citizens to demand for better health and gender sensitive services.
In 2009, UGANET started implementing a project to prevent violence in homes using the SASA! approach. SASA! is a Swahili word, which means now. It is also an abbrevation for the four phases of SASA! programming; Start, Awareness, Support and Action.
UGANET entered into a partnership with Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) to use the SASA! approach in community mobilisation to address power dynamics in relationships, which increase gender based violence.
In, Pallisa and Ntungamo districts where the project is implemented, UGANET has established community groups of change agents supported by a team of 57 activists who receive technical support and are continually mentored by UGANET. They conduct community mobilization and education activities and respond to cases of domestic violence referred to them by members of their community. They have impacted on communities in terms mechanisms to prevent and reduce GBV especially Intimate partner violence which continue to deny and cost families peacefully and productive co-existence between couples.