Stopping Abuse and Female Exploitation (SAFE) ProgrammeClient: UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) | Sectors: Social Policy
Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in Zimbabwe, with younger girls disproportionately affected and most vulnerable. Over two-thirds of Zimbabwean women experience violence in their lifetime; compared to just one-third of women globally
SAFE Communities, implemented by Ecorys UK and our partners Social Development Direct and SAFAIDS has the core objective of reducing the perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) driven by economic insecurity and social norms which influence household-level dynamics in focal communities. The programme is also seeking to address the drivers of child marriage and other forms of violence happening at the household level, as secondary objectives.
SAFE Communities is:
Extensive analysis has informed our approach to developing the Toose model to prevent IPV and other forms of violence in Zimbabwe. This analysis included the extensive mapping of models already implemented in Zimbabwe, reviewing evidence of their effectiveness and impact and drawing in regional and global best practice. Implementing Toose - a model already informed by the application of GALS in Zimbabwe - offers the potential for a significant dividend. Toose has huge potential for producing valuable learning on mainstreaming VAWG prevention within economic empowerment interventions that can inform future GBV programming, nationally and globally.
SAFE is being delivered through local implementing partners that bring vast knowledge on economic empowerment, gender transformation, GBV response and the different local contexts in each of the focal communities.