The project provides a well-organized amateur soccer tournament.
The workshops include:
1) Testing the manual.
2) Recruiting and training capable experienced facilitators
3) Developing monitoring tools for facilitators and evaluation tool for workshop participants.
1) Prepare and distribute a weekly 4-page newspaper for the project
2) Prepare posters, flyers and banners for 4 different sub-themes around gender equity and gender-based violence.
3) Develop events to take place in the community to disseminate campaign materials and promote the campaign themes (ex. theater, talkshows, music, etc)
Monitoring and Evaluation
1) Conduct a pre-test and post-test with soccer tournament players and a sample of community members
2) Conduct focus groups pre and post.
1) Dissinate and publish finding from the evaluation of the project
2) Seek partnerships and funding to expand the program to other settings and evaluate the success
The men in the workshops/in the community will become more gender equitable in their attitudes.
The men in the workshops/in the community will report lower rates of usage of violence (physical, sexual and emotional).
The men in the workshops/in the community will report greater comfort discussing violence and criticizing the violence of their friends and neighbors.
The men in the workshops/in the community will report feeling comfortable intervening (in a non-violent manner) when they see or know about violence against women.
Women participating in qualitative evaluation will report lower rates of exposure to violence and more equitable relationships.
And evaluated model of intervention with young and adult men utilizing soccer as a galvanizing force will be disseminated.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
It is hoped that this project can move beyond the pilot phace and can be replicated. If funding or partnerships are found to continue with the project, the first stage is the selection of a community(ies) and the process of involving all the stakeholders and community leaderships. This process is central to ensuring that there is clarity within all the community about the project and its goals and that it will fit in and complement other community objectives and goals. Even if, many community leaders to not actively participate, it is crucial that it be made clear that the doors are open to community leadership and that all have been invited to participate on some level. Afterwards, it is necessary to focus on contacting and working with any sports leaderships within the community which may include any informal, amateur or semi-pro tournaments in the community and any organized teams. Rules and regulations for the tournament need to be very clear and include the participation of the players in the workshops as part of the rules for participation in the games. Lastly, during recruitment, soccer players need to understand the goals of the project and that it is not a simple tournament, but that it has a social objective for the entire community. It is necessary to sell the players on the idea of workshops and make it clear that they are open informal discussions as most will never have participated in a social project and will imagine workshops as boring, formal, classroom-style activities. Clarity about the whole process is fundamental. The greatest attention in the end needs to be paid to the selection of workshop activities and the selection of workshop facilitators. During the course of the three years, constant attempts need to be made to include the soccer players in other project activities, and in the monitoring and evaluation of the project.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
If the soccer tournament is not well-organized, it will lose the support of the players. Also, the workshops are fundamental to their participation, so the workshops need to be structured on reflective group discussions which are dynamic and which allow the men to talk about issues they may never have talked about before. If the workshops do not interest men at all then they will drop out from the project or will begin to try to avoid the workshops by any means. Also, if workshop participation is requisite to participation in the tournament, then a very strict and clear procedure for counting participation needs to be implemented. Players will be aware of any other players who somehow are able to avoid workshops and still participate in the games and the tournament and workshop organizers will then begin to lose credibility with the players.