PAST EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES:

The Global Fund Round 9 (Phase II): Gender Based Violence & the Law

This project included a comprehensive Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the rollout of accredited training to over 1450 learners within the SAPS. The research informed the development of the accredited training materials, which focused on topics such as: the amended Sexual Offences Act, Gender Based Violence, Post Exposure Prophylaxis, the LGBTI community and corrective rape and other hate crimes, and more.

The Global Fund Round 6: HIV Workplace Programme

This project saw the implementation of research and accredited training for over 250 organisations across various sectors. This project, which was included in the Global Fund Round 6 of funding, aimed to provide training on HIV basic knowledge, education, and workplace issues and support workplaces in a developmental manner by getting a commitment from each participating organisation to develop, maintain and monitor an HIV programme, strategy and policy. Project outcomes included:

  • 258 workplaces underwent various HIV intervention activities directly related to the needs
  • Increased human resource capacity to deal with HIV in the workplace, and HIV interventions being planned for the workplaces
  • An understanding of the current knowledge, attitudes and practices of the employees within a particular workplace within a particular sector
  • An understanding of the economic effects HIV may have on each workplace
  • HIV policies in place that align with the Code of Good Practice and South African legislation
  • HIV strategies in place to act as a plan of action that each workplace could follow

The project contributed towards building knowledge in the area of prevention, developing capacity to identify areas in which prevention interventions can occur and be implemented and maintained within organisations, and build capacity to support treatment, understand why referrals for treatment are necessary and where these could be located (on-site or off-site, depending on the capacity of the institutions). However, primarily, the programme built capacity to offer support for people living with HIV or those who are affected by HIV.

The CHIETA HIV workplace programme

This programme included sectoral HIV research with over 1000 respondents (in the form of a knowledge, attitudes and practices or KAP survey). More than 1000 learners were trained through the programme from 50 participating companies.

The MerSETA HIV project

In the rationale for this project, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (MerSETA) stated that it recognises the impact that HIV and AIDS in having in the sector and the need to address this; and that there is “… a need to improve the responses of SMMEs in the manufacturing, engineering and related services sectors”.

This project was developed and implemented for the MerSETA and was designed to target 100 SMMEs in the sector. We were responsible for supporting 63 of these companies. MerSETA Company Liaison Officers (CLOs) were trained on the HIV coordinator training programme with the idea that CLOs would then be able to support companies in the sector in their areas on HIV workplace development.

NGO multi-sectoral management of HIV

We developed materials and trained 150 professionals from NGOs based in Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania and South Africa. The training was sponsored by the Government of Lesotho and was facilitated via our then-partnership with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s HIV Centre.

Gender equity & awareness training for southern African police unions

We hosted workshops with the purpose of raising awareness among union members about the importance of gender equality and women workers’ issues for collective bargaining. Senior police union members from across Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia & Zimbabwe participated in the training.

 

ADVOCACY:

We have successfully engaged in long-term advocacy processes that have changed practice, such as our advocacy work with the South African Police Service (SAPS). We have engaged and worked with SAPS over many years, obtaining crucial buy-in for members to participate in research and be trained on programmes such as the ‘Gender Based Violence and the Law’ programme, which saw over 1400 learners trained, and more recently the ‘Improving Access to Health & Justice for the LGBTI Community’ programme, which commenced in 2017. See links below for more information:

 

SHIFTING NARRATIVES

  • We’ve included transcripts below of some of the comments received while interviewing participants after a recent intervention in South East Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, South Africa.
  • “I believe [the intervention] changed lots of participants’ mindsets, and it’s going to help when people interact with the police. [After this training] SAPS’ community service centre (CSC) members will know what to do, to be sensitive to needs, and so on.” LGBTI community member – Tsakane
  • “I’m going to approach [the LGBTI community] differently; before the training I was … in the dark, I was so sceptical when I approached [LGBTI community members], but now I have changed” SAPS member – Tsakane
  • “This course has changed my attitude and my approach to [LGBTI community members] … they are created in the image of God and … they have the right to be treated like any other person” SAPS member – Tsakane
  • “This training will help the SAPS to work hand in hand with the LGBTI community and empower SAPS members” SAPS member – Tsakane