UNAIDS Participatory Film Project

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Capacity building for leadership on Gender Based Violence: A Participatory film project

Background to the project

Between August 2014 and October 2015 Salamander Trust undertook a film training and documentary programme to showcase the extraordinary grassroots leadership of women living with HIV in an effective response to Gender-Based Violence and HIV in Africa.  This programme was designed to support women utilise film-making techniques for advocacy and capacity building.The financial contribution of UNAIDS towards this project is gratefully acknowledged. We are proud to showcase the outcomes of those training workshops. For more information please see below.


Webinar on Uganda films: Wednesday 27 April 2016 | 4-6pm Uganda time

“I just decided to find a razor blade and cut my own cord” A young woman living with HIV describing her experience on a maternity ward before the Mama’s Club was started

A webinar about the Ugandan participatory film making process, which included a fascinating account of the background to the creation of Mama’s Club and a valuable description of the current legal, policy and social context of women living with HIV in Uganda, took place on 27th April 2016. The webinar featured Sarah Nakku Kibuuka of UNAIDS Uganda; Dr Lydia Mungherera, Founding Director of Mama’s Club; Dr Dominique Chadwick of Social Films; and Sandra Mbabazi of Mama’s Club. The webinar was kindly hosted by Dinys Luciano of Development Connections

The powerpoint presentation is now available here

To read about Mama’s Club and view the films they made, click here

To view an infographic about the project click here

Archived webinar link here  (you need to sign in for free before you can access the recording)



Webconferencia: lunes el 19 de abril 2016
Liderazgo para el abordaje de la violencia de género: Un proyecto participativo de filmaciones

Hora: 11.00 (hora de Washington DC) (otras zonas: aqui)

Informacíon sobre el webinar: aqui
Enlace de acceso al grabación del webinar: aqui

La traducción al español de la guía de filmes desarrollada en Uganda y Namibia: aqui

Infográficos sobre Namibia y Uganda

Presentación de ppt sobre el proyecto: aqui

Muchas gracias a nuestra anfitrión: Dinys Luciano, DVCN


Webinar on Namibia films: Tuesday 12 April | 3-5pm Namibia time

A webinar about the Namibia participatory film-making project took place on Tuesday 12 April at 3-5pm Namibia time.
Click  here to access the webinar recording.

This webinar featured speakers Jenifer Gatsi and Makena Henguva of Namibian Women’s Health Network,  Koech Rotich of UNAIDS Namibia, and Dr Dominique Chadwick of Social Films. It is moderated by Sophia Mukasa Monico, Senior Gender Equality Officer, UNAIDS ESARO. Kindly hosted by Dinys Luciano of Development Connections.

To view the films made by the women in Namibia, click here or scroll down this page. To view the infographic click here. To view the ppt presentation click here.



How the participatory film training process worked?

Salamander Trust held two filming training workshops over a period of two weeks. Participants were taught how to use ‘Flip’ video cameras and were trained in basic filming techniques. Most of the participants had never used a computer or video camera before making these films.
The participants shared stories about the impact of HIV in their own lives. Through a collaborative process of discussion, one story was picked from each sub-group of four people. The women were trained to storyboard their film and organise each shoot with the help of local people as actors. The participants were entirely responsible for the message, content and dialogue of the films they made and were encouraged to look at their own stories as powerful tools for raising awareness and advocating for change. Finally, they were also trained, in these groups, to edit their filmed stories on laptops. Short films were created as a result of this training process, which can be seen below.


How can you use the films?

These films are based upon true, personal testimonies. As such they represent the lived realities of women living with HIV. They highlight the specific and complex challenges that many women face in their lives. Yet, they also showcase the leadership, resilience and innovation happening at the community level and led by women living with HIV, which can help us to move beyond blame, stigma and violence. The insights of these films are for everybody: community leaders, policymakers, healthcare and development professionals, men, women living with HIV and beyond. We hope they can be used as a tool to help open up discussions about HIV, stigma, treatment and support, motherhood and gender-based violence, where they are most needed.


Buy the Handbook with DVD of films

Each handbook with DVD costs £12.00 ($15.50) plus postage and packing. Please tell us which handbook with DVD you want (of Uganda or of Namibia) and how many of each. These can be ordered through safe payment by Paypal. Contact us here.

NOTE: if you are fortunate enough to have strong enough internet to watch these films online, please consider donating to our “Bridging the Digital Divide” appeal, so that we can also share them in hard copy with those who also want to see them but can’t! Every little helps and we – and the recipients – will be most grateful to you!



A big thank you to Jennifer Gatsi, Director of NWHN and Lydia Mungherera, Director of Mama’s Club and the inspiring members and staff of Namibia Women’s Health Network and of Mama’s Club Uganda, who participated in the film making training and featured in the documentaries and webinars.

Huge thanks also to: Dominique Chadwick of Social Films; Nell Osborne, who assisted Dominique in Uganda and Aurelie Boas who assisted Dominique in Namibia; Jane Shepherd (for Uganda) and Sue MacDonald of SMD Design (for Namibia) for the handbooks layout; Nell Osborne (Salamander Trust) for the overall logistics, the handbooks writing, the ppt and infographics designs; Dinys Luciano of Development Connections for hosting the webinars; and Hege Wagan, Sophia  Mukasa Monico, Sarah Nakku and Koech Rotich at UNAIDS for funding the programme and contributing to the webinars.


Mama’s Club, Uganda

Mama's clubMama’s Club is a psychosocial support group for young women living with HIV. It provides psychosocial peer-to-peer support and provides training in HIV prevention and income-generating skills throughout Uganda. It works as a platform for HIV positive mothers who are pregnant, who are breastfeeding and who have infants up to three years of age. Founded in 2004, Mama’s Club supports women to have safe and healthy pregnancies and to access sexual and reproductive health and rights services.
Mama’s Club now works in 22 regions in Uganda. It is an organisation led by women living with HIV for women living with HIV.

Website: www.mamasclubonline.com
Email: info [at] mamasclubonline [dot] com



Watch the documentary we made in Uganda about the Mama’s Club Psychosocial Care and Support Programme


Watch our participatory films, made by women who are members of Mama’s Club

Acknowledgements: A big thank you to the inspiring members of Mama’s Club, ICW East Africa and NAFOPHANU who participated in the film making training and featured in the documentary; Nell Osborne, handbook author, Salamander Trust; Dominique Chadwick, Social Films; Lydia Mungherera, Mama’s Club; and Alice Welbourn, Salamander Trust.


Namibia Women’s Health Network, Namibia

Namibia Women’s Health Network, NamibiaNamibia Women’s Health Network (NWHN) is a community-based organization,     which was founded to empower women living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in Namibia.  NWHN provides information, education, skills, and capacity building to improve the health of Namibian women living with HIV and to support them to become leaders at     the local and national level. Founded in 2008, NWHN currently connects 1,400 network members representing the 13 regions.
Website: www.nwhn.wordpress.com
Email: j.gatsi [at] criaasadc [dot] org




Watch the documentary we made in Namibia about the Namibia Women’s Health Network


Watch our participatory films, made by women who are members of Namibia Women’s Health Network