Salamander Trust explores how Stepping Stones is being used by communities in Malawi to reduce gender based violence
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During April of this year film maker and independent training consultant, Dominique Chadwick, and Salamander consultant, Nell Osborne, went to Malawi to collaborate with the Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS on a film project with the community of Malingunde, Lilongwe. Here, we present the outcomes of this trip including a documentary about the impact of Stepping Stones on reducing gender based violence (Seeking Safety: Stepping Stones in Malawi) and videos from a participatory filming training workshop. These films will also soon be available on DVD with an accompanying booklet. To request a copy or for further information about this, write to Nell Osborne at

Seeking Safety: Stepping Stones in Malawi

“I used to abuse my wife when she went to the hospital to collect her ARV treatment because she came back late and I didn’t like it. I stopped the abuse after COWLHA members came to my house to counsel me that what I was doing was violence" 
(Click on the image to watch the Stepping Stones in Malawi film)

Members of the Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi (COWLHA) and their partners meet to talk about how they used the Stepping Stones programme (published by Strategies For Hope), to overcome gender-based violence, improve communication and relationship skills and restore peace and prosperity in their families and communities. 
The film highlights the importance of developing good gender relationships through negotiations around money, medication and condom use in the context of HIV, GBV and SRHR.  

"My Life"

Participatory Film Training Workshops

Salamander Trust and independent filming training consultant, Dominique Chadwick ( held participatory filming training workshops with members of the Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS, their male partners and other community members.

Here we present the films that are the results from these workshops. They represent the experiences and understandings of those people, in relation to issues related to HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), livelihoods and gender based violence (GBV). Click on the link to be taken to our dedicated webpage to watch the participant's video and learn more about how they were made and how you can use them. Click here to be taken to the dedicated Stepping Stones Webpage

These films are dedicated to Ben Haladi, committed Stepping Stones facilitator and community member. Ben died shortly after the filming of the making of these films.

"Stepping Stones has helped to support a bond of love among couples and families"

We love to hear your feedback. If you have questions, comments or enquiries about any of these films or the work of Salamander Trust, please contact us at or visit
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