Changing The Rivers Flow Series: Challenging gender dynamics in a cultural context to address HIV, March 2009, SAfAIDS
SAfAIDS in partnership with Seke Rural, has implemented a pilot project in Zimbabwe in which Community Dialogues were used to address harmful cultural practices. Positive results have been noted and documented. From this project SAfAIDS has developed series of training materials and tools to support programmers who are interested in advancing their work with communities on addressing culture. These materials have been packaged under the theme: Changing the river's Flow Series - A multi-purpose package.
This theme was derived from our understanding that like a river, culture may seem permanent but this is a trick of our perception because culture is always changing and adjusting to different circumstances. Moreover, just as the molecules of a river, acting together, constantly reproduce or transform the rapids, waves and whirlpools, so human beings, acting together, constantly reproduce or transform our cultural norms. These waves, whirlpools or cultural norms may seem to be static objects, but they are really processes. We cannot scoop out a whirlpool and forever remove it, as it will simply reform. To stop a whirlpool we would have to, literally, "change the river's flow"
Click on the links below to download Changing the river's Flow Series - A multi-purpose package
Launch of Changing the River's Flow at the 4th SA AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa