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1 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: “ “ Engaging Traditional and Religious Leadership in Accelerating HIV and GBV Prevention through Culture- Transformation Strategies: The SAfAIDS “Rock" Integrated Model." Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) Regional Office: 479 Sappers Contour, Lynnwood Pretoria, South Africa Tel: Fax: Website: s: and

2 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: By the end of this Session, we shall …… Explore and appreciate an interactive and comprehensive package on engaging traditional leadership in HIV & GBV prevention responses Be equipped with innovative skills and tools to engage traditional leadership in African communities to harness their role in promoting integrated HIV & GBV prevention Become familiar with the SAfAIDS Culture Dialogue Model of community driven mapping of cultural practices that promote and reduce vulnerability issues, related to HIV & GBV and strategic engagement of custodians of culture in reducing these vulnerabilities

3 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: ……and Be inspired to effectively utilise and cascade the package tools – adapted to out country specific contexts – through strategic advocacy and mobilisation activities that engage traditional leaders in reducing HIV & GBV in the communities they lead Network and build a broader network of partners committed to engaging traditional leadership and tackling harmful cultural practices towards reducing vulnerability to HIV and GBV in communities being served

4 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: This Session Comprises…. Welcome & Overview of session objectives and structure The Process : Build-up to the SAfAIDS “Rock” HIV Prevention Programme Engaging Traditional Leaders – fresh frontiers being pushed forward as we revolutionalise “Getting to Zero”! Exciting Explorations: The “From Past to Future – Traditional Leaders as Prevention Champions” Package Translating Tools into Creative Application: Activities in Groups A Story of An African Queen (DVD show) Sharing our Rich Experiences Keeping the Fire Burning & The Wheels Turning : Paving the Way Forward – what next

5 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website:

6 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: General Justification Prevailing high statistics & structural imbalance of power and inequality factors fuelling GBV and vulnerability to HIV. Majority of current interventions are timidly addressing ‘root’ => CULTURE Risk and vulnerability factors of the twin epidemics often perpetuated by traditional structures established and practiced Traditional leaders highly influential, yet omitted from mainstream responses, unless for tokenistic purposes. Many have desire to “move with the times”, but need knowledge and skills Getting to Zero (UNAIDS) demands pulling out the plug in all corners of society. It is time to engage TLs. Evidence of pockets of similar interventions show success! Undoubtedly this angle to prevention will contribute to meeting national MDGs 4, 5 & 6

7 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: The Process….. Needs identification The need to actively engage traditional leadership structures and tackle harmful cultural practices, while bringing protective cultural practices to the fore, was identified by SAfAIDS following: –Multiple community-based HIV and GBV interventions and operational research related through programme documentation –Research conducted in Namibia and Mozambique around the links between women’s rights, HIV and gender inequalities –Concerns raised by service providers and community groups, that traditional structures continued to be excluded from mainstream HIV & GBV responses, and this has countered progress in behaviour change –Evidence gathered during policy dialogues revealed exclusion of traditional mechanisms from mainstream responses was impeding change

8 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: Design of Pilot Intervention SAfAIDS (2005) then begun a culture, HIV and women’s rights programme in a small Zimbabwean Community (Seke) in partnership with a local CBO, and piloted it through –Development of Training manual on HIV, gender, women’s rights and culture and conducting cascade training –Culture dialogue series –Campaigns –Other participatory activities This proved effective, open dialogue took place by women/men, practices were changed and behaviour change evidence, and a best practice was documented in the area

9 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: Scaled-up Programme SAfAIDS rolled out a fully fledge Changing the River’s Flow (CTRF) programme in 6 southern African countries (Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe). As a result 10 best practices were documented, evidencing working models of cultural transformative change in the SAfAIDS Turning the Tide Book and DVD A spin off of the CTRF programme is this “Rock” programme that offers specific attention to working directly and intricately with Traditional Leaders as “prevention champions” ! Programme now being implemented in Lesotho and Malawi since 2011 with the support from UN Women

10 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: Models of Intervention Applied

11 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: SAfAIDS “Culture Dialogue Series Model”

12 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: SAfAIDS Cascade Model for Capacity Strengthening National Trainers District Trainers Volunteers Door to door with families Church meetings Community meetings Schools etc

13 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: The Rock Programme: –Package developed and piloted during a Regional Indaba on HIV for Traditional Leaders (TLs) in Confirmed that when TLs are engaged - by civil society and other partners responding to HIV & GBV - they are more likely to take the lead and mobilise their communities towards intended behaviour change –Evidence gathered during programming that when TLs engaged – culture is transformed – risks and vulnerabilities reduced e.g. replace offering of a girl child bride with a cow; promote condoms; go for testing and share +ve HIV status to reduce stigma and increase open dialogue around HIV; balance traditional court systems to protect women from violence etc

14 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: Hosi Nwamitwa II of the Baloyi (Limpopo) –1 st constitutionally appointed Queen in South Africa –MP: influences national policy –Promotes women and girls rights through job-and-life-skills trainings –Facilitates HIV testing service availability and access by subjects –Intervenes in domestic violence cases –Facilitates initiation of PLHIV subjects on ART –Mobilises local resources (convinces local business persons to contribute building schools, centres etc)

15 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: Chief Mdluli of Swaziland got circumcised, openly states he wears a condom during sex, and went for HIV counselling. He motivates men/boys to go for MMC Chief Rangwani of Zimbabwe, tested HIV positive, overcame his self-stigma & disclosed. Negotiated with hospital accept PLHIV clients who cant pay, and offered his time to the hospital OI unit

16 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekizulu "A number of amakhosi have died after taking the oath to lead their clans, hardly having spent 5 years in office“. He announced that the Ingonyama Trust Board had taken the issue upon itself to assist amakhosi cope with HIV. "The board has introduced an HIV programme aimed at assisting infected amakhosi. And those who are HIV positive must come forward for help" He revived male circumcision in 2010

17 Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service HIV/AIDS INFORMATION : the power to make a difference SAfAIDS - P O Box A509,Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: /4, Fax: , Website: Thank you…..


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