DAWA in 2020 carried out a project titled Leading in the New Decade Leadership for and by AGYW for comprehensive HIV prevention and SRHR integration. It is a national project powered by adolescent girls and young women, who want to be meaningfully involved in making real, lasting change for women and girls. It uses social media, consultation, and innovative platforms to reach and engage women in all our diversity. The project operates through the engagement of an expansive network of [primarily] adolescent girls and young women and women led organizations and individuals working to advance women’s rights and health, to identify and communicate key advocacy opportunities.
DAWA’s vision in this program was to continue to grow a diverse group of connected advocates at national and regional level; leading consultative process with provincial focal points, supporting identification of country specific priorities for AGYW and linking to the regional advocacy spaces, amplifying SRHR and HIV advocacy across social media and providing peer to peer knowledge exchange on HIV, SRHR, gender equity and rights-based approaches inform a national AGYW HIV prevention advocacy brief.
For the duration of the project a total of 236 AGYW in their diversity were reached through community based dialogues on SRHR and HIV prevention unpacking challenges and creating solutions from 14 selected districts. This was made possible in collaboration with NAC through the DACs in the provinces. DAWA is also grateful to MOHCC, for their presence and taking part in facilitation of sessions during the training of 36 AGYW who now are mentors to 510 young women in 10 provinces of Zimbabwe. MOHCC also took part in consultations for the advocacy brief done by DAWA.
POST the program DAWA has made strides to keep the movement building and mentorship through:
- Maintenance of the 36 AGYW that were trained as mentors, and there has been shared partnership as they get to lead discussions and suggest activities to be done for commemoration days and what to post on social media.
- 108 sessions which were conducted and maintained via Whatsapp to reach 510 AGYW in their diversity from all the 10 provinces in Zimbabwe.
- A delegation of 3 AGYW joined the International HIV and Adolescence workshop for 2020.
- At country level DAWA has been engaged in the National HIV and Young People Technical Working Group, SGD innovation challenge.
- The young women have invited each other in other spaces to speak about leadership and SRHR issues in different organisations they represent
- DAWA has also been represented on radios sessions to do with SRHR/HIV issues.
- A summit on Youth SDG Unite 2030 was attended by 12 DAWA mentors from the first training.
- Referrals for other services have begun as DAWA mentors have been able to link AGYW to services for Violence against women, counselling services just to mention a few.
- One Mentor was selected to be part of the European Union sounding board Zimbabwe.
- Representation on platforms for dialogues has been observed throughout the country, with organisations such as HOCIC, Plan international.
- DAWA appointed Tendai Kunyelesa who is cofounder of DAWA to be part of the core team as a co-director. Intergenerational leadership for her
- International women’s day commemorations were done. Pictures were shared on social media with different messages responding to the #Ichoosetochallenge.