Bridges to End Violence
Bridges to End Violence’s program used a series of trainings and workshops with women living with HIV and community leaders to reduce stigma and discrimination. The program sought to engage the community in an open dialogue as well as empower women by making them aware of their rights.
- Community outreach groups that advocate for change to reduce GBV.
- Dissemination of state laws against violence against women (VAW) as well as educational materials about women living with HIV.
- Facilitating discussion in a community forum to help engage community leaders.
- Production, publication, and wide distribution of State Laws against VAW (2,000), Policy Brief on VAW & HIV/AIDS (2,000), and reader-friendly pamphlet on VAW and HIV/AIDS (2,000).
- Establishment of telephone hot lines in the Ministry of Women Affairs and registers in the Police stations.
- Duration of training (4 days) was inadequate to carry out in-depth discussions on some of the topics. Participants did not have enough time to share experiences, make comments, and ask questions.
- The rank and file of the police are often posted out of their stations shortly after the training. The police hierarchy must be involved if the law enforcement agency is to play its critical role in reducing violence and stigma against women living with HIV.
- The State anti-VAW committees were set up in the first year of the project. During the evaluation exercise, it was found that their impact was only felt in the urban state capitals where they were located. Thus, a recommendation was made to facilitate the establishment of similar committees at the local level.
- People Living with HIV (PLWH)