Ending Violence against women and girls through meaningfully engaging men and upscaling their uptake of comprehensive Health services
Specializing in community-led behaviour change interventions with men and boys, Kwakha Indvodza (KI) is one of Swaziland’s foremost youth and gender-equality focused non-profit organisations. With programmes that provide a unique mentoring experience to young men through a focus on financial independence, male health and social responsibility, Kwakha Indvodza seeks to create healthy, resilient and more gender equal communities guided by positive, informed male influences.
Over the past five years, through unique youth -friendly community “third spaces”, we have managed to meaningfully interact with over 2000 men and boys between the ages of 15-30.
By employing diverse approaches; through fixed community centres, or ‘chapters’, the Lihawu Male Mentoring Camps, Social Entrepreneurship and Income Generating activities and other various outreach activities throughout Swaziland, Kwakha Indvodza’s programmes have gained a reputation for our innovation and having long-lasting behaviour change impact.
With this in mind, Kwakha Indvodza is proud to have joined forces with UNICEF Swaziland to end violence against women and girls through meaningfully engaging men and upscaling their uptake of comprehensive health services. The project, aimed at increasing community uptake and referrals of quality HIV prevention services and products (condoms, VMMC, HTS and STI screening) by 30% by December 2017, is also geared towards reducing violence against women and children through the meaningful engagement of men and boys.
This exciting partnership with UNICEF, which was launched in September 2017 and will span into 2018, addresses men’s lack of involvement in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), in HIV prevention, care and treatment, and the detrimental effects on them and their sexual partners.
Recognizing that a lack of economic opportunities is a serious barrier to ending violence against women and children –both the perpetrator and the victim’s behaviour are influenced by poverty and limited economic opportunities – the project also approaches HIV and GBV prevention by providing financial knowledge and advice to the parties involved.
The project also utilizes elements of ‘Lisango’; a traditional Swazi space where youth gather to absorb wisdom from elders. This space allows for thematic messaging to be intensified according to age and sex, for services to be offered to the wider community, increased referrals to local health facilities, and occasions for women and girls’ participation.
Kwakha Indvodza’s exciting and competent facilitators and staff have been, and will continue to be, capacitated throughout the duration of this project. We are indeed thankful to UNICEF Swaziland for partnering with us in executing our mandate of nurturing healthy, respectful and responsible Swazi community members.