Communication materials—posters, games, comic strips, discussion guides, CD’s of radio programming, and more—are critical to Rethinking Power’s ability to draw people into the debate about balancing power between men and women. Relevant images and thoughtful discussion questions provoke community reflection and change.
Beyond Borders has built a unique team of linguists, experts in Haitian culture and language, artists, graphic designers, and experts in violence against women and girls. This team works together with community networks to create new materials relevant to Haitian worldview and reality, such as training materials and radio programming. Much of the team’s attention to date has focused on adapting SASA! : An Activist Kit for Preventing Violence against Women and HIV to Haitian culture and language.
Throughout our work with different groups in the communities, community activists, community leaders, and journalists, we have developed new trainings to supplement what was originally included in SASA!. Some examples of this include:
- giving teacher networks the skills and training to address violence against women and girls in schools,
- assessing participant learning,
- sessions provoking each group we engage to explore how what they learn fits into their work and roles,
- additional modules to explore the connections between violence against women and HIV/AIDS.
The idea of soap opera radio dramas was sparked by a badly-scheduled training to which only 3 community members showed up on time. Used to having packed training sessions, staff asked what was wrong. It turns out the training was competing with the last day of a popular soap opera drama. This event helped us realize the power of radio and other media to form opinion through creative story telling. Working with community activists, we are creating a soap opera series specifically for Haiti.
Rethinking Power already works with local, community-based radio stations to broadcast discussions and call-in shows that are able to reach a broad audience, and spark interest in on-the-ground activities in communities where we work. We created guides for 8 radio shows in March and 7 radio shows in May-June and will be creating several interview guides for next year.
Adaptation of SASA!
The SASA! Activist Kit includes a wide range of creative materials that were originally created for a Ugandan audience. The complete adaptation process consists of translation, adaptation, focus group testing, graphic design, and printing. So far, we have completed all communication materials for all phases of SASA! plus guidance for program staff for the Start and Awareness phases.
For more information on the adaptation process and examples of our work, go to the Adaptation ofSASA!page.