Visit to Raising Voices

Where are Kat and Abduli this week? Well before we give you the answer, let’s tell you a bit of a story...

Raising Voices was founded in 1999 in Kampala Uganda and has set up the SASA! program in order to explore this question, “How are you using your power? Provocative and systematic, SASA! is a creative approach for changing the social norms that perpetuate women’s vulnerability to violence and HIV.” Their work strives to influence the power dynamics shaping relationships particularly between women and men, girls and boys, and adults and children. http://raisingvoices.org

SASA! is currently being used in more than 15 countries around the world by more than 35 organizations and institutions in various contexts and settings ranging from Refugee camps and settlements to rural and high density urban communities.

The empowerment of women is one of The Cedar Foundation's priority areas of work in 2015/16. To achieve this, we have been looking at ways in which we can prevent violence against women, a common and widespread occurrence in Tanzania.

In line with our belief of using existing expertise rather than re-inventing the wheel, and working in partnership with other organisations, we are proud to announce that The Cedar Foundation Tanzania are now recognised official partners of Raising Voices! We are also delighted to have won a competitive scholarship from Raising Voices to enable our Field Officers Kat and Abduli to receive their initial training and the SASA methodology materials free of charge! This very week they are in Kampala receiving their training! Well done guys!