Gender inequality and harmful gender norms are associated with the spread of HIV and its consequences. This makes the integration of gender within HIV and AIDS responses vital. Addressing gender inequalities removes barriers to accessing HIV services, enabling women and men to get comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.
SWHAP promotes gender-sensitivity in workplaces and communities through three approaches; gender mainstreaming and diversity management; targeted gender activities; and gender-aware dialogues.
Gender dialogues were held in Kitwe on Saturday 21 July. Thirty-eight participants from Atlas Copco, Sandvik, SKF, Orica, Scania Hazida Motors, ZAMEFA, Stanbic and Mulonga Water and Sewerage participated in the dialogues which aimed to promote positive behaviour change that strengthens and sustains the working relationship between men and women both at workplace and community level.
The dialogue; built understanding on how gender norms affect health; developed the capacity of participants to incorporate gender activities into peer education programmes; and explored strategies for tackling gender inequalities in the workplace.
As part of outreach activities, Verde Azul Mozambique trained community activists to raise awareness on gender-based violence (GBV) and its consequences for residents of Chizavane Village 280 kilometres northwest of the capital Maputo.
The training looked at issues such as; gender and sex; gender roles and stereotypes; and the consequences of violence for victims and their families. Participants were also equipped with information on how to assist survivors of GBV and ways to start addressing power imbalances that contribute to violence.
Prior to the training, Verde Azul conducted a baseline survey in the community on the attitudes, behaviours and practices related to GBV. Villagers interviewed were aware of GBV within their communities and were willing to engage in transformational approaches addressing power imbalances that contribute to the perpetration of violence.