SASA! Together: An evolution of the SASA! approach to prevent violence against women

Eval Program Plann. 2021 Jun:86:101918. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2021.101918. Epub 2021 Feb 5.


One in three women globally will experience intimate partner violence (IPV) with devastating consequences for individual survivors, their families and communities. While prevalence remains high, violence against women is not inevitable and community mobilization approaches have emerged as particularly promising for transforming the gender inequitable norms and practices that underlie violence. The SASA! Activist Kit to Prevent Violence Against Women (SASA!), developed by Raising Voices in 2008, provides a theory-based approach for mobilizing communities to transform power imbalances between women and men through critical discussion and positive action. In this article, we provide the rational for revising SASA! after ten years of program learning and formal research. We aim to contribute to the knowledge base around what works to prevent IPV by describing the core enhancements in the revised version--called SASA! Together-and linking these changes to Raising Voices' program learning and broader advancements in the field. In addition, we reflect on how current debates-such as how best to "scale up" violence prevention programs-were considered and resolved in SASA! Together. The paper concludes by sharing lessons learned that may provide guidance for future revisions development and revisions of evidenced-based programs.

Keywords: Practice-based knowledge; Prevention; Program design; Violence against women.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence* / prevention & control
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation