Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Using Gender –Transformative Approaches at a Community Level in Rural Tanzania: The UZIKWASA program has been published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Drawing on longitudinal research (hearsay ethnographies) and
KUMBE is a powerful Swahili word expressing surprise and, in a deeper sense, realization or awakening.
In UZIKWASA’s Theory of Change, “KUMBE” marks a process of surfacing consciousness, ‘seeing’ oneself and one’s role in society, before taking steps towards change and personal transformation.
With the slogan KUMBE! Inanihusu mimi… na sisi sote our new TV spots are about members of the society, people who have had their KUMBE! about their individual role in combatting sexual and gender violence, intimate partner violence and violence against our children. Whether I am a Boda Boda Driver, a teacher, a police officer, a judge or a medical doctor, the TV spots show their “KUMBE, it does concern me and it concerns everyone else too”
Integrating reflective couple trainings and couple coaching with an interactive live radio program has been very promising.
Not only have reflective training approaches generated new awareness among couples regarding root causes of their conflicts. Busati la Wenza radio program has also become a powerful tool for enhancing the impact of the couple trainings among Pangani FM listeners. Through sharing their change stories and experience on air, trained couples have become catalysts for transformation and radio listeners have reported about trying new behaviors after listening to the program. It has been amazing to observe how couples who participated in the reflective training and coaching session have moved through all stages of the UZIKWASA Theory of Change: They shared deep insights on how they had experienced a new awakening, the Kumbe stage. They realised how each partner contributed to conflicts in their relationships. Deep processes of self-reflection and practical listening exercises, acknowledgement and understanding power dynamics and own responsibility enabled both, men and women to make plans Halafu towards first steps Chukua hatua to new behavior and actual change. Coaching further deepened the experience and helped couples to continue working with their questions and challenges. Through sharing with other listeners in the radio program, couples re-lived their change stories which was helpful to stay engaged with their issues and strengthen their achievements. They had reached Uendelevu, the final stage of maintaining positive changes in their relationships
People from all walks of life, district officials, community leaders, couples with conflicts, religious leaders and UZIKWASA team members themselves share their incredible change stories in our 2019 Calendar.
After participating in reflective training’s and coaching session diverse groups of participants got to “see” themselves as they continued to work on their personal change questions. They came to discover their own inner strength, surprised about what they were able to achieve through turning insecurity into courage, previously dominant leadership styles to working with the contributions of others. See for yourself….
After the success of UZIKWASA’s award winning feature film AISHA, in August 2017 we have released yet another media production that has already captivated Pangani FM listernship: TAMAPENDO
It is a thrilling radio drama that tells the story of Fatuma and Chaballa, two young people from Pangani who face immense challenges in a community where traditional gender norms, injustice and violence prevail.
In the fight for their love (upendo) and for education, they find themselves entangled in a complicated net of other peoples’ greed (tamaa).
But not all is doom and gloom. As Fatuma and Chaballa are close to despair they notice change among their peers who show them that they care. Supported by their friends, the young couple gains strength and determination to stick to their principles and do what needs to be done.
The last week of August 2017 has been an exciting time for UZIKWASA. Our senior program and radio team spent five long days with intense reflection about our work since the inception of our organization. Looking at each component of our intervention package separately and trying to grasp the impact and main learning from it, has led to a big Ahaaa! among the team. Together we remembered how our interventions evolved and how they relate to each other, finally leading to the sound evidence of change that a rigorous five years social research was able to provide.
We are proud to share the final product of this rich learning process: the UZIKWASA Theory of Change