Successful community feast in Namibia

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Successful community feast in Namibia

Successful community feast in Namibia

Community leaders and guests at the feast

The Focused Workshop (FW) intervention in the Choice Disability trial supports groups of young women to work together to set up and maintain enterprises to provide themselves with an income. Once such an enterprise is underway, some groups of young women host a community meeting, with a feast and activities to introduce their enterprise to the community.

In a small village in Namibia, the FW group realised their community needed a butchery – the nearest one was many kilometres away. So they came up with the idea of starting a business to sell meat, then approached the village leaders and negotiated for a piece of land to set up their business. They were given a small patch in a very strategic location. They then made personal contributions to raise capital. CIET gave them a loan to help them to buy their first cow and loaned them a freezer to store their meat.

One year down the line, their business, now fully registered, was moving from strength to strength. They even opened a bank account. It has not been all smooth sailing for them. As any with other business, they have had to handle many different kinds of challenges, but they have focused on their goals and are determined to see their business and their lives a success.

The young women preparing for a traditional dance

In November 2011 some 200 people gathered under the hot sun to enjoy the feast and to celebrate the achievement of these hard working young women.

The young women gave a presentation, describing how they started and asking for further support from the community. They also performed a short play about an ordinary day at work in their enterprise, highlighting gender violence at home, and sexual harassment at the work place. During the feast, they took the opportunity to network with the councillors, elders and businessmen in the community. There is surely potential for this enterprise to grow, and these young women are a role model for other young women in their community, in Namibia and beyond!

Visit the Focused Workshop page to read more about the Focused Workshop intervention in the Choice Disability trial.

Visit the Focused Workshop in Namibia page to read about how the FW intervention has been implemented in Namibia.

Community drama group competition in Botswana

Community drama group competition in Botswana

A drama group performs

The Concerting intervention in the Choice Disability trial involves bringing together service providers in the community to consider evidence about choice disability in relation to gender violence and HIV risk and to plan how they can work together to tackle such problems.

A concerting forum of service providers in a village in Botswana decided to organise a drama group competition to highlight issues of choice disability, gender violence and HIV. The competition took place in February 2012. The event proved very popular. Men and women of all ages, and plenty of children, flocked to the venue in the village kgotla. Once all available seating within the kgotla building was full, people seemed happy to watch from outside.

A community leader speaks about the purpose of the drama competition

Community leaders, members of the concerting forum, and a CIET coordinator gave presentations about the problem of choice disability and gender violence and how this places many people at increased risk of HIV. The drama groups then performed, featuring stories about women suffering gender violence, young women facing peer pressure to get involved in transactional and intergenerational sex, and the consequent risks, including HIV infection. A panel of judges , including visitors to the community, deliberated and then awarded a prize to the winning group.

 

Visit the Concerting page to read more about about the Concerting intervention in the Choice Disability trial.

Visit the Concerting in Botswana page to read about implementing the Concerting intervention in Botswana

Young women raise gender violence awareness in Swaziland

Young women raise awareness of choice disability in Swaziland

The Focused Workshop (FW) intervention in the Choice Disability trial supports groups of young women to work together to set up and maintain enterprises to provide themselves with an income. The Beyond Victims and Villains (BVV) intervention stimulates discussion about gender violence, sexual behaviour and HIV risk among community groups, using a docudrama in eight episodes. Some communities in the trial have both these interventions.

In October 2010, a group of young women FW participants in a Swaziland community, having also listened to and discussed the BVV docudrama, decided to take action as a group in their community. Calling themselves Abasha on the Move, they organised an awareness campaign to highlight sexual abuse and choice disability in their community.

Young women with placards as the marchers gather

The event started with a march from the local shop; the local police helped by securing the road for the marchers. Participants included representatives from Swaziland Royal Police, Women and Law, PSI, FLAS and a local drama group. A presentation encouraged people to report abuse at the local police station, a local group performed a drama about human rights, and local artists provided musical entertainment. The young women made some money from the event by charging the kids a minimal fee for face painting and playing on the giant jumping castle. They also sold food and drinks.

A large audience listen to presentations

A large audience listen to presentations

HIGHLIGHTS

Choice disability campaign

Young women in Swaziland set up a choice disability campaign in their community. Read More

Drama groups competition

Service providers in Botswana get together to organise a drama group competition in their village.
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Community feast

A group of young women in Namibia organise a community feast to celebrate their enterprise.
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BVV community groups

FW enterprises