COVAW hopes to achieve this objective through:
- Building capacities of communities to stand up for women rights and take action to end VAW;
- Support community based social movements to engage in high level advocacy against VAW at the community level; and,
- Increase the capacity of community activists and community leaders as change agents in eradicating VAW.
In implementing project activities, MBCA uses the SASA! model to train community activists who are committed to prevention of VAW and HIV/AIDS. Trained community activists then initiate community conversations and reflections on power imbalances that perpetuate VAW in the community. SASA! is a community mobilization toolkit organized in four phases to influence a change in community norms. These phases emphasize that change is a process:
- S – Start: the “Pre-contemplation Phase”) when a person identifies an issue;
- A – Awareness: the ”Contemplation Phase” when the person garners information on the issue;
- S – Support: the “Preparation for action” Phase when the person prepares to take action by examining the support system that she/he has;
- A – Action: the “Action and Maintenance Phase” when the individual changes behavior, attitude and maintains the same
SASA! interrogates power imbalances that cause VAW and HIV/AIDS. The model concepts revolves around ‘rethinking power’: your power, my power and the power we have together to prevent VAW and HIV/AIDS.