FREEDOM HOUSE PROJECT
COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF HOW DEFILEMENT IS ADDRESSED THROUGH COMMON AND CUSTOMARY LAW: A CASE OF THE NORTH-WEST DISTRICT OF BOTSWANA
Project period: June 2012 – March 2013
The research covering 1138 people interviewed in 23 villages was carried out. Below is a summary of the findings;
68% don't know or understand what defilement is.
47% of those that know what defilement is didn't know it is a crime.
More than half (55%) do not think that defilement is taken seriously enough in communities.
60% do not think defilement cases are ever prosecuted because they are either not reported or the justice system is inadequate.
86% say they would do something if they knew someone was being defiled but 14% would do nothing ,and this is a cause for concern.
55% of the respondents believed that some cultural practices perpetuate defilement.
47% of the respondents said there is no age restriction to marriage in their community.
Maun Women's study
Autonomy, intimate partner violence, and women's health in northern Botswana
Author: Francis Barchi
Research purpose. This study, conducted with Women against Rape, examines women's autonomy, health, and intimate partner violence (IPV). Structured interviews with 469 women yielded complete data on 358 respondents. We examined the effects of four indicators of autonomy as well as various socio-demographic characteristics, including age, education, employment, relationship status, income, chronic disease status, and alcohol use, on three health outcomes—self-reported health status (SRHS), depression, and suicidal ideation. IPV was examined both as a predictor of health as well as an outcome of autonomy. Find the publication
ALCOHOL FUND LEVY PROJECT
BREAK THE CONNECTION EVALUATION REPORT
Project Period: August 2010 - June 2013
Women Against Rape (WAR) completed implementation of a 3 year project that focused on raising awareness of the link between alcohol abuse, gender based violence (GBV), HIV and AIDS among communities in the Ngamiland District of Botswana. The project also sought to strengthen various structures within the organization to position it to effectively respond to cases of GBV, especially those linked to alcohol abuse. Referral to support services tackling problems of abuse, relationship challenges and HIV related issues was an important feature of the project. Implementation was carried out in Maun from August 2010 to June 2013 (34 months), in Sehithwa and Somelo from January 2011 to June 2013 (30 months) and in Shorobe from January – June 2013 (6 months). Even though it is common knowledge that the gestation period for behavior change is long (taking up to several years), there are expectations that some outcomes sufficiently attributable to the project may have been realized during the 35 months of implementation. Women Against Rape therefore undertook a summative evaluation of the project to determine its general success or failures, focusing on project implementation and outcomes achieved in the target communities. This report presents the main results of the evaluation, including the main findings and recommendations. Read more...
SASA! IMPLEMENTATION EVALUATION REPORTProject period: January 2010 – June 2013
WAR in partnership with Raising voices implemented the SASA! methodology in Preventing Violence Against Women and HIV. SASA! Is a methodology for addressing the link between violence against women and HIV and AIDS.
After completing the implementation of the first two phases of SASA! –Start and Awareness– the midterm assessment was conducted in February-March 2013 to determine initial changes in the community. Participants were systematically sampled and interviewed in locations throughout communities implementing SASA!. Download
The Raising Voices team conducted a three week evaluation in June 2013. The consultant visited and interviewed staff of Women against Rape (WAR). click here to read more...