Raising Voices is a nonprofit organization based in Kampala, Uganda working toward the prevention of violence against women and children. Our work strives to influence the power dynamics shaping relationships between women and men, girls and boys by catalyzing social change in communities, rigorously studying and learning from the work we do, and sharing our experiences to shape the field.
Since our founding in 1999, we have grown from a small group of committed activists to a team of thirty vibrant staff. Our partners have increased from a few local collaborators to over sixty organizations across the region. As we have grown, our identity as an organization has been shaped by our experiences in violence prevention. At Raising Voices, we strive for meaningful impact, honor passion and rigor, and have fostered a small but dedicated team. We have remained committed to the communities of the Horn, East and Southern Africa, with increasing influence on action and dialogue across the globe.
Over the past twelve years we have cultivated an impassioned form of activism, awakened critical thinking and inspired change in homes, communities, schools, organizations and government. From injecting new ideas to creating the tools for acting on those ideas, our efforts have combined to inspire a new way of being.
We look forward to continued evolution and strength as we move forward on our journey.
WHAT WE DO
Vision: Raising Voices envisions relationships, families, and communities where women and children’s voices are heard, their rights are respected, and they can live free of violence.
Mission: To prevent violence against women and children.
Values: At Raising Voices, we believe that our organizational capacity stems directly from the set of values and principles by which we live and carry out our daily work. What makes us unique is not defined solely by what we do, but by how and why we do it. Raising Voices undertakes all aspects of our work in a manner that embodies our core beliefs in feminism, human rights, accountability, respect and the dignity of all people. We also believe in the imperative of staying grounded in sound practice and relevant theory.
We believe that it takes three things to prevent violence against women and children:
- Activism: Over the past twelve years, Raising Voices has cultivated an impassioned form of activism—one that has awakened critical thinking and inspired change in homes, communities, schools, organizations and government.
- Innovation: Our early successes taught us to rigorously study and learn from our work as inspiration for further innovation in violence prevention.
- Influence: Our early forays into advocacy taught us that by sharing our unique experiences in high-level dialogue we can play a needed role in shaping the field and creating global conditions for success.
Raising Voices’ staff are the organization’s greatest assets. Our team is a vibrant, diverse group of activists working passionately to prevent violence against women and children.
Aggrey Mukuwa is well known as “Teacher Aggrey’’ not only at Raising Voices, but all around Uganda, as he became famous through one of Raising Voices’ TV adverts. He is a Program Assistant working with the Good School team and he trains teachers across the country on the Good School methodology. Aggrey is a teacher by profession with a Grade III Teaching certificate from Kyambogo University and a diploma in Education from Uganda Martyr’s University. Before joining Raising Voices, he was Deputy Head Teacher at St. Peter’s Primary School, Kanyanya, where he made tremendous contribution to pre-testing the Good School methodology. Aggrey is married and a father to two girls and three boys. He takes pride in working with children and giving encouragement where things seem to be without hope.
Angel Faridah, commonly known as “Mukyala Musumba” (Pastor’s wife) due to her desire to serve those in need, is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with the Good School Program at Raising Voices. She spends her days supporting the Good Schools team in tracking their work in schools and communities. Angel attended Kyambogo University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Community Development. Before joining Raising Voices, she worked as a field supervisor on the 1,000 Schools Randomized Control Trial in Luwero district during which she obtained a certificate in research on Violence Against Children. Angel’s passion is inspiring children, and she can most often be found with them—whether through her work, her church, or her family.
Barbrah Nanyunja is a lover of music and fashion and is known by the nickname “positive attitude” because she approaches all situations with such. As a proud member on the Good Schools Team, she supports Kampala District schools, carries out trainings on the Good School Toolkit, provides on-going Technical Assistance to partner organisations and schools, and establishes advocacy relationships with relevant local government authorities. Barbrah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Management from Makerere University. After university, she worked as a Research Assistant with the School of Public Health at Makerere and then with Raising Voices as a researcher on the SASA! Project. Barbrah is passionate about activism wok after sharing so many touching experiences of violence against women and children in the community. It has always been a dream of hers to work with Raising Voices!
Clinton Okecha is known around the office as “the chairman” because he has worked at Raising Voices for many years. Clinton is a driver and a messenger and he does a variety of things on any given day from repairing equipment to making sure the office is secure and safe. He is also the master gardener at Raising Voices and keeps the compound looking smart. Clinton looked after himself and his siblings from a young age and learned how to be independent very early in life. After leaving secondary school, he started selling small supplies and moved to Kampala in 1995. Clinton would like to tell the world that although a person can see many difficult things in life and experience many challenges, it is possible and essential to keep looking forward and believing that life can be happy. This is a lesson he strives to teach to his own children.
Dipak Naker is a Co-founder and Co-director at Raising Voices where he spends his days asking challenging questions about how to prevent violence against children, bringing answers to those questions to life, and supporting a team of hard working staff. He has designed an award winning communication campaign that reaches approximately 2 million Ugandans a month and developed a methodology for preventing violence against children at schools that is currently being rolled out in 1,000 Ugandan schools. He has written many substantive pieces on preventing violence and serves on the Boards of a number of dynamic organizations. Dipak was born in Tanzania and has lived in East Africa for most of his life.
Edgar Karungi is a Program Officer and Database Manager for Raising Voices. As a lover of sports, he is commonly called “coach” and is a proud fan of volleyball. He supports all departments at Raising Voices on streamlining their organization and data collection, and provides assistance to the Good Schools program with M&E. Edgar has ample experience with project planning and management, as well as practical approaches to data analysis using STATA and SPSS training from Makerere University. Prior to joining the Raising Voices family, Edgar worked at Mildmay Uganda as a data management officer and supported several USAID projects as a data consultant with PACE Uganda, FANTA II USAID project, and the Uganda Private Health Sector Support Program. Edgar is passionate about working with children to change behavior through sports.
Gladys Rachiu is often the first person you will meet when you come to Raising Voices. As an administrative assistant, she organizes data and communication materials and fills any requests that staff or partners have for sharing organizational materials. Gladys also responds to clients who are experiencing violence against women and children with compassion and support while listening carefully to every story. She recently finished a course in counseling and guidance at Makerere Univeristy. Before joining Raising Voices in 2006, Gladys worked in a dental studio. She firmly believes that change is possible and together we can make this world a peaceful place for women and children.
Hassan Muluusi is an Assistant Program Officer in the Good School program. He is well known around the office as “Chief Energizer” because of the spirited games he teaches everyone. He enters the office before 8 am each day and is one of the most reliable trainers on the Good School Toolkit. He has inspired many key stakeholders around Uganda to work with Raising Voices to train their team members including Plan Uganda, Care International, and Salvation Army. Before joining the Raising Voices team, Hassan studied at Makerere University and worked as a classroom teacher at Mulago Secondary School. Hassan is self-motivated and has a great passion for working with teams, learning new languages, and working with children.
Hope Harriet, also known as “Hopsey,” is sports woman and loves to dance. You will catch her playing volleyball when she is not at the office. She is a Program Officer at Raising Voices and is responsible for supporting all the work of the VAW team and playing a special bridging role between the VAW and Learning Teams. She is a social worker by profession with a post graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University. She is fascinated by the process of learning from doing, and tries to never miss out on opportunities to make things better. She believes all of us have the power within ourselves to leave this world a better place than we found it.
Hope Wambi is friendly, fun-loving, and loves to talk! As the Good Schools Program Manager at Raising Voices, she works with the Good Schools team to reach as many schools as possible using the Good School Toolkit to prevent violence against children. She holds a Master’s degree in Management Studies and a post-graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute. She has over ten years of experience working with women and children with a focus on human rights. Outside of work, she is an active member of Kampala Toast Masters Club, which is dedicated to helping people enhance public speaking and leadership skills.
Immaculate Nansikombi loves singing and is known by her peers as “Eagle” because of the energy she carries in doing her work. At the office, Immaculate works with the Finance Department as a Senior Finance Officer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Accounting and has previous work experience with Farm Radio International, CAP-AIDS Uganda, the Ministry of Health and Word Vision and Linkages USAID. She has an unwaveringly positive attitude and believes there is a solution to every challenge. She is the proud mother of one son and desires to give peoples’ lives meaning. She sees that vision fulfilled by working as a part of Raising Voices each day.
Janet Nakuti, more commonly known as Mama SASA!, due to her unwavering dedication to the SASA! approach, is a Senior Program Officer responsible for monitoring and learning. She conducts the monitoring and evaluation of SASA! in Kampala and is responsible for the day to day and periodic assessment and documenting of the progress of the implementation of SASA! She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Makerere University in Sociology. Before joining Raising Voices, she worked with Save the Children, UPHOLD, the Ministry of Health and Creative Research and Evaluation Centre doing research on the promotion and protection of social and health well-being. As a wife and mother, her dream is to support and inspire activism right from her household by fostering the values of non-violence, respect and non-discrimination at every opportunity.
Jean Kemitare is the Program Manager for the GBV Prevention Network at Raising Voices where she coordinates over 450 Network members and maintains an impeccable sense of style. On a daily basis, she can be found communicating with members, contributing to strengthening capacity and analysis, and fostering cohesion and activism among activists and practitioners across the region. Before she arrived at Raising Voices, Jean was involved in capacity building and advocacy for pro-poor polices with Development Research and Training and Action for Development. Jean’s passion is finding strategies that work for the actual empowerment of African women. Her dream is to see a world where women and men are valued in equal measure.
Katharina Anton-Erxleben came to Uganda in 2016 and fell in love with the culture, the sunshine, and the fashion. In the office, she is known for her collection of Kitenge dresses that keeps growing. As the Violence Against Children (VAC) Prevention Coordinator at Raising Voices, she supports the VAC Prevention team with strategic direction and guidance on implementation of the Good School Program and VAC-related advocacy and media campaigns. Before joining Raising Voices, she worked for U.S. Agency for International Development in Uganda and Washington, DC, where she supported research efforts centered on gender-based violence in educational settings. She has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Neuroscience and a B.Sc. in Psychology and worked as a researcher at New York University and the International Max-Planck Research School in Goettingen, Germany. She has been interested in understanding the drivers and effects of adverse childhood experiences such as violence for many years, and is excited to help make a positive impact on people’s lives.
Lori Michau is a Co-founder and Co-director at Raising Voices where she invests abundant energy to create a supportive, inspiring and challenging work environment. Involved in all aspects of work at Raising Voices, she spends her days supporting staff and strategy development, developing ideas and programs, learning from experiences on the ground, and discovering new ways to promote violence prevention. Lori loves injecting beauty into her work through art and design and is detail oriented to the point of mild obsession. Lori received her Masters in Human Rights at Makerere University and has lived in the region since 1995. Before co-founding Raising Voices, she worked at Kuleana Center for Children’s Rights and Jijenge! Women’s Center for Sexual Health. Lori is the author of several groundbreaking violence prevention methodologies, various articles and serves on many advisory boards.
Mastula Nakiboneka is known as the “quiet storm” of the Good School team! As an Assistant Program Officer with the Good School program, her work involves building local and institutional activism by carrying out trainings on the Good School Toolkit, supporting new partners learning to use methodologies, and providing onsite technical support visits. Mastula graduated with a degree in Education from Makerere University, and previously taught at one of the pioneer schools where the Good School ideas were first pretested. Mastula has a great passion for art and fashion. She is inspired by the kindness of others and is great at making friends.
Maureen Kangere is a Senior Program Officer for the GBV Prevention Network atRaising Voices, where she is well-known for her smile. Her role on a team that coordinates over 500 Network members includes managing all digital platforms and fostering solidarity around the region. Before joining Raising Voices, Maureen worked for Forum For Women in Democracy, Akina Mama wa Africa and the International Law Institute – ACLE. Her work enriches her feminist thinking and love for contributing to a better world for women. Maureen is passionate about achieving gender equality so women are considered equal in all spheres. Advocating for women’s rights and keeping positive energy is the fire in Maureen’s belly.
Milly Nalutaaya is a lover of figures and works as an Administrative Assistant at Raising Voices. She is responsible for managing the documentation of the Raising Voices materials and stationery stores, assisting in the tracking of activity advances and proper filing of all the finance payment vouchers and programmatic data entry. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantitative Economics and she is finalizing a Masters of Statistics Degree from Makerere University’s School of Statistics. Before joining Raising Voices, she worked with Commonwealth Finance Solutions and the Institute of Statistics Research Consultancies in the areas of data management and analysis. Milly’s passion is data management and she is proud to be working with Raising Voices.
Nancy Abwola is an optimist who spreads her warm and positive energy all around the office. At Raising Voices, she works as a Senior Program Officer in the Violence Against Women Prevention program, supporting organizations working to prevent VAW and using SASA! She holds a Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. Nancy has over five years of professional experience working with survivors of sexual and gender based violence, internally displaced persons and marginalized groups living in conflict areas in Uganda, Sierra Leone and the Philippines. She is generally thought to be very nice and easy going by people but is known to stand up for women’s rights!
Natsnet Ghebrebrhan wants to live up for the meaning of her name, which is freedom. At Raising Voices, she works as the VAW Prevention Coordinator. She supports the dynamic team in their VAW prevention efforts, and has been involved in the field of VAW prevention and response since 2001. She has a strong background on addressing VAW in humanitarian context. Before joining Raising Voices, she worked in emergency and post emergency settings in Eastern and Western Africa, and South East Asia. She is excited about her shift from humanitarian to development programing. She hopes to contribute to the field of VAW prevention meaningfully, as well as figure out the alignment of introversion and passion for dancing.
Peter Bahemuka is an unassuming guy with a quirky sense of humor. He is well known around the office as a sports enthusiast, and is passionate about film and music. At Raising Voices, he works as a Senior Program Officer and is responsible for the Media Program where he plans and crafts an integrated media campaign encompassing radio, television, print, film, and new media. In the past, he worked as a journalist, freedom of expression advocate, election monitor, civic educator, English teacher and support worker with young people. Peter is a communication science graduate and Knight Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, USA. He is expressive, articulate and enthusiastic, and he likes to help people discover their potential.
Rita Twebaze always has a smile on her face and is known as a jack of all trades around the office. As an Administrative Assistant at Raising Voices, her role is to help keep the office running smoothly by updating databases, organizing financial documents, and supporting program staff. After pursuing a University course in Secretarial Studies, she got a job at Casino Simba and worked there until joining Raising Voices in 2011. Rita would like to see all women and children living safely and with respect. She strongly believes that everyone has the power to inspire change within themselves.
Ritah Akankwasa is known around office as “the girl who came to Kampala.” She is simple, friendly and loves to crack jokes with her colleagues. At Raising Voices, she works as a Senior Program Officer in the Violence Against Women Prevention program and provides technical support to organizations working to prevent VAW using the SASA! approaches. Her work experience spans social research, gender equality programming and management, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation with Makerere Institute of Social Research, MIFUMI, and the Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Local Economic Development and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Social Sector Planning and Management. Ritah is a Community Solutions Fellow (2017) and firmly believes that its possible to create a world where women and children are free from all forms of violence.
Sara Siebert loves learning about new cultures and manifestations of the human spirit in her travels, and has a funny accent no one can place because she picks things up from everywhere she has lived. Based partly in the U.S. and partly in Haiti, she is a longtime fan of Raising Voices, where she first worked in 2004, and just keeps coming back. She has worked on issues of violence against women and girls for the past 19 years, in 11 countries, and acts as a Raising Voices Technical Advisor. In addition to helping other organizations use the SASA! methodology, she enjoys gardening, dancing, scuba diving and daily meditation.
Sophie Namy loves adventure and discovering something new. As the Learning Coordinator at Raising Voices, she aspires to cultivate a passion for learning within all aspects of the organization. Sophie spends her days helping teams reflect on their rich experiences and creatively draw on these lessons to strengthen the work of preventing violence. Before joining Raising Voices, Sophie was a researcher at the International Center for Research on Women. Her work explored how to most effectively transform attitudes and practices in order to prevent violence against women and address other social inequalities. Sophie has a Masters in Development Studies and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has followed her passion for social justice and community wellbeing to several countries, and is happy to have found a home with an energetic team of likeminded colleagues in Kampala.
Stephen Wasonga is known around Raising Voices as “the figures man” because he is always in the office, typing away. Luckily, he loves his work as Raising Voices Accountant and has a strong passion for numbers. His work involves financial management, managing donor budgets, and ensuring that program staff have the resources they need to carry out their work. He also keeps financial data organized and provides financial support to the administration department. Before coming to Raising Voices, he worked extensively in East Africa in financial management, primarily in the dynamic field of media, distribution and communication. Outside of work, he is a dedicated family man and the proud father of two beautiful children.
Tabitha Suubi is a Program Officer supporting the Media Program at Raising Voices. She works with other team members to plan and implement the national multimedia campaign and is responsible for running the SMS and sticker campaigns, managing media campaign databases, and tracking media campaign activities. She previously engaged in advocacy, raising awareness and mobilizing communities with the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP). She has also undertaken scholarly research projects with the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Tabitha holds a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University and is currently pursuing her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies. Tabitha is inspired by her family to promote values of respect across humanity and has a soft spot in her heart for children.
Winnie Amono is our administrator extraordinaire who drinks copious cups of coffee and supports everything and everyone at Raising Voices. She enjoys the opportunities she has each day to interact with different people both internally and externally. Her role is to give maximum support to all staff and make sure the office runs smoothly. Before coming to Raising Voices, Winnie worked in the hospitality industry and dreamed of working for the airlines as an air hostess. After completing coursework in tours and travel, she joined the Raising Voices team and has never looked back. She has four children and they are what make her the person she is. Raising Voices has opened her eyes to the violence that happens every second of every hour out there she now believes whatever little contribution each one of us makes counts.
Yvonne Laruni loves children and has worked with them for over five years. At Raising Voices, she is currently working as a Program Officer in the Good Schools program. Together with other members of her team, she conducts trainings and supports the implementation of the Good School Toolkit in order to prevent violence against children in Ugandan schools. Yvonne has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a Certificate in Customer Care from Makerere University Business School. Before joining Raising Voices full time, she was a field researcher, where she gained a Training Certificate in Research of Violence against Women. Yvonne is a 2009/2010 MILEAD Fellow and is committed to developing the role of children’s leadership in various spheres in African society. She is a proud mother of a lovely son.
Heidi Jo Brady is a freelance photographer who specializes in photojournalism and portraits. Based in the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago, Heidi is the primary photographer for Raising Voices and over the past eight years she has made regular extended trips to the region. In Heidi’s extensive travels in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Africa, she seeks to capture the human experience with dignity and compassion. Heidi regularly makes staff, partners and community members giggle by climbing trees, laying in mud or perching precariously on buildings to get a good shot. More of Heidi’s work can be found at www.hjbphoto.com.
Marco Tibasima is a talented artist who brings ideas to life. His work appeals to audiences of all ages. He injects humor and energy into his art, which comes in a variety of media including fine art, comics, large street art, and magazines. Marco works as a freelance artist for a variety of Tanzanian and international organizations on promoting social justice. Marco is a self-taught artist who through sheer determination, extraordinary talent and a fantastic spirit has become one of the most talented illustrators in Tanzania. He is the primary artist for all Raising Voices communication materials and publications. You can see more of Marco’s work at www.marcotibasima.blogspot.com or contact him directly at email@example.com.
Samson Mwaka is Raising Voices’ resident graphic designer and has been creating visual art and graphic masterpieces for over 15 years. Since childhood, he has had a passion for creating, simplifying and putting things together to form visual patterns that communicate ideas. Samson has a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art from the Margaret Trowel School of Art at Makerere University and has worked with a diverse range of clients including government institutions, production houses, advertising agencies, banks and non government organizations. When he steps away from his trusty laptop, he is a family man with a very loving wife and children. He also enjoys swimming and cricket.
Tina Musuya is the Executive Director for Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), with extensive experience in working with communities, institutions and policy makers to prioritize violence prevention in Uganda. Tina is responsible for all programmatic oversight for CEDOVIP work. She brings nine years of leadership experience in activism for promoting women’s rights in Uganda, with special skills in community mobilization for prevention of violence against women. She is pro-active and bears a track record of mentoring willing individuals into ‘Everyday Activists’ who stand up and act to prevent violence against women in their own relationships and communities. Tina loves to give staff nicknames at the office and is known for her determined spirit and disciplined exercise regime.
Stephanie Sauve is a specialist with words, writing, story and voice. She uses a personal and interactive approach with all of her clients, helping them craft their messages and enhance their voices. Stephanie works regularly with Raising Voices on editing and finalizing publications, looking for every opportunity to make our publications all the more accessible and engaging. Staff refer to Stephanie as a magician because of her transformative editing prowess. You can learn more at stephaniesauve.com.
At Raising Voices, we know that change begins with ourselves. Working at Raising Voices is not just a professional experience; it is a personal journey. We support each other in reflecting on and envisioning the change we seek in our individual lives. We take the time to meaningfully examine why we each do this work, what it means to do this work, the values and dreams that brought us here, and how through our work we grow ourselves.
Are you interested in joining the Raising Voices team?
The following opportunities are currently available:
- Director: Raising Voices is seeking a dynamic, experienced, values-driven leader to coordinate all Raising Voices activities implemented out of the Uganda office. This is a top leadership position requiring an experienced senior level professional. It is a full-time position based in Kampala, Uganda. See full job description and application process here.
- Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Coordinator: Raising Voices is seeking a passionate individual with experience and vision to lead our learning area of work that contributes to preventing violence against women and children at Raising Voices and globally. This is a full-time, senior-management position based in Kampala, Uganda. See full job description and application process here.
- Finance Coordinator: Raising Voices is seeking a dynamic, experienced, values-driven professional to coordinate our finance management activities. This is a senior position requiring an experienced professional. It is a full-time, permanent position based in Kampala, Uganda. See full job description and application process here.
- Graphic Designer: Raising Voices is seeking a graphic design intern to develop organizational materials, publications, posters and more. Intern can be based off-site. Please email cover letter, CV and portfolio or link to online work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raising Voices also works with a talented pool of national and international consultants. If you have relevant skills and are committed to the prevention of violence against women and children, contact us.