BizAIDS

The project will be implemented through existing partnerships with companies and associations that have yielded results in previous projects.

The informal sector (small and micro businesses) will be mobilised through the Federation of small and micro businesses in Swaziland including SEDCO and Federation of Swazi Business Community (FESBC) that are partner organisation of SWABCHA. Similar projects have been implemented through these structures in the past. The traders are trained at Tinkundla (community centres) within the vicinity of their businesses. 500 people will be trained through a three-day pre-developed curriculum in groups of 25-30.

The formal sector will cover the medium to large corporate which are members of SWABCHA from in particular textile and apparel industry, banking sector, construction and retail sectors in all four regions. Company executives’ will be invited to stakeholder forums where presentations on Gender issues including GBV in the workplace, effects and strategies for minimising such will be done. Stakeholders will be engaged in dialogue to get their buy-in to the whole project.

Further, one hour sessions will be scheduled in the workplace through company’s wellness focal persons to engage employees in dialogue and awareness on gender and GBV. One on one sessions will be made available after the sessions for individuals who may be directly affected for general counselling and referral for further assistance where needed.

The activities to be implemented are explained below;

  1. Stakeholder Dialogue:

    to mobilize management/partners buy-in to invest time, money and human resources in the project. We will also tailor make the information to raise consciousness on the importance of Gender, GBV and HIV-Wellness Policies and Programs in the workplace, making sure to identify the impact on the economy, profits and general well-being in the place of work. The sessions also allow debate/ discussion on how best to respond to the company specific challenges arising due to these health and social issues. The sessions will be done at the beginning of each year.
  2. Workplace Prevention and Awareness Sessions:

    Management and Employees will be reached in small groups of 25-30 people with messages and information on Gender Based Violence; including that of the causes, consequences, and prevention/response mechanisms. Additionally the relationship between GBV and HIV will be indentified, and information conveyed on where one can access legal, medical and other appropriate services. A sessions guide chart will be developed on the key topics to be used during facilitation by SWABCHA and also given to companies focal persons to continue the guided dialogues beyond the project.

    We will look to ensure that at least 50% of the participants of this activity are male, with this achieved through targeting male dominated industries such as the construction and agriculture sectors. For male dominated sessions the messages and dialogue will be tailored to examine the cultural and social norms that surround sex and relationships in Swaziland and the way men are expected to behave. Furthermore the sessions will address domestic and social violence, how men can redefine masculinity and play an active role in their communities to address gender inequality, responsible fatherhood and HIV/AIDS. (2 days a week of the team visiting workplaces and reaching at least 50 pax – over 100 weeks of the program)
  3. BizAIDS/Empowerment Training:

    BizAIDS is an internationally accredited training program designed by the USA based International Executive Service Corps (IESC) in 2006. The two day program develops basic business skills in participants, covering record keeping, planning, asset management and marketing. In addition to developing the ability within participants to deal with the potential impact of HIV on business (i.e. facts on HIV, legal issues, will-writing, workplace safety). We are using this training module, and adding in an extra day to the program, making it three days in total as to allow Gender Empowerment and GBV Prevention to be integrated through the curriculum. Extra areas therefore covered will include: gender roles, cultural beliefs, relationships, communications, GBV and its relationship with HIV. All of which is aiming to enhance the economic empowerment of the traders, promote health seeking behaviours and strengthen communication skills, critical thinking and leadership. Trainings will be facilitated by a local trainer as to ensure that the local language is used when necessary. Every participant will receive a workbook during the course and a certificate of participation upon completion of the workshop.
  4. Social Behavior Change Communication-IEC materials Development:

    IEC materials development and distribution with beneficiaries resolution messages and their commitments to mitigating GBV, related social issues and managing HIV-AIDS will be done. To increase the spread and constant reminder of the messages, they will be printed on 600 mahiya (body wrap cultural dress cloth for both men and women). These are mainly used by traders at the markets as part of their daily outfit hence relevant to the target audience. Further, 200 umbrellas will also be branded for management and focal persons within companies. Lastly two project/sponsors branded banners that will be used at public events. All materials will be developed in the first year for the duration of the project.

    IEC materials will be developed through a bottom up approach. The process seeks to empower project beneficiaries to identify barriers to behavioural and social change and what is required to address these barriers and take action. This will be done through SWABCHA hosting focus group discussions with the target population.
  5. Strategic Planning & Review:

    SWABCHA staff will use the relevant research, experts in the sector and institutional knowledge to develop a two year strategic plan that will ensure that the project activities speak directly to the beneficiaries. Quarterly review meetings will be conducted to assess and evaluate progress and responsiveness of the project. Further all staff members will be included in these sessions to ensure that the project utilizes all forms of mobilization and is mainstreamed throughout the organization.
  6. Technical Assistance:

    we will provide technical assistance to management and HR officers, as to build institutional capacity for the development and implementation of a Gender Policy and a GBV Policy with a sexual harassment prevention component. Technical assistance will take the form of a one day training where the importance of such policies is identified, and the link between GBV, HIV and the economic health of a business is examined. Samples of policies will also be presented.

    Where the Gender Policy will aim to ensure gender sensitive practices all areas of business including; recruitment and selection, training and development, performance appraisals, promotions, remuneration, communications and working conditions.

    The GBV policy aims to ensure that each business actively promotes GBV prevention and awareness training; is flexible with the provision of leave and benefits; that confidentiality and respect is given to employee who is a victim of GBV; that employers are active in safety planning for victims; and that perpetrator, if employees are held responsible. The policy will also develop operational (step-by-step) guidelines on prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace.

    Furthermore an adoption process (formulation of a representative team: draft policy guide review by management and employees: signing and publication of the documents) will be outlined in the training and then encouraged in the follow up visits of SWABCHA to each company.
  7. 16 Days of activism Symposium for Executives:

    The symposium will be a full day event where 100 private sector champions/executives are exposed to expert presenters invited from key offices managing and dealing with GBV. These include the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Swaziland Against Gender Abuse, Women in Law Swaziland and the US Ambassador. The day will be characterized by three key speakers, entertainment in form of drama and poetry on the activism theme and opportunity for executives to engage in dialogue on resolutions for the private sector response.