Community

Community conversations through dialogue and advocacy empowers communities to address their own concerns, issues and challenges.  It strengthens local leadership to find local ‘home-grown’ solutions to developmental challenges related to HIV and GBV through comprehension and addressing of key cultural and social drivers. Addressing social stigma and exclusion faced by survivors of GBV and people infected by HIV requires the full engagement of the community as well as participation of men for sustained action. Community structures and strategies are put in place to recognize, promote and protect the rights and respond to challenges faced by the community members.  As community members understand different cultural aspects, social behaviour and how these aspects relate to the spread of HIV and increased GBV cases they are able to dialogue on effective ways to tackle their effects and impact. Resources under this section provide information on the role of the community in preventing and responding to GBV and HIV. It highlights the systems that the community needs to put in place to support survivors and protect their rights as community members.

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