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Informing Policy

It is up to all of us to create the conditions for success. Although community members are the ultimate drivers of change, the more supportive the policy environment, the greater that change will be. Effective policy can determine programming priorities, levels of investment, and even legal frameworks. Through the following initiatives, Raising Voices strives to create a strong policy environment for communities and practitioners:



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Raising Voices works with other key stakeholders in Uganda to influence policy and practice in Uganda on critical issues affecting women and children.

Key Activities

Raising Voices participates in several coalitions and groups to advocate for an improved legislative, policy and social climate for all people to enjoy their basic human rights. Coalitions include:

  • Domestic Violence Act Coalition (coordinated by CEDOVIP)
  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Coalition (coordinated by CEDOVIP)
  • GBV Reference Group (coordinated by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development)
  • Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (coordinated by Refugee Law Project)
  • Forum for Education NGOs in Uganda (coordinated by FENU)

In addition, Raising Voices works directly with key insitutions to strengthen national advocacy through the following collaborations:

  • Raising Voices engages with faith-based institutions on a national campaign to prevent domestic violence. This work continues to expand and deepen.
  • Raising Voices has fostered a long-term relationship with the Ministry of Education and Sports to promote practical strategies for enhancing quality of education using the Good School Toolkit.
  • We also coordinate the Coalition against Corporal Punishment which is made up of individuals and organizations who are working to ensure review of the Children’s Act and incorporation of a provision that prohibits corporal punishment at school.

Global Advocacy

The Lancet Series on Violence against Women and Girls

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Raising Voices uses many platforms to engage others on VAWG prevention. We were honored to be invited to contribute an activist voice to the Lancet Series on VAWG and share lessons learned from the practice of VAWG prevention. The Series, coordinated by Charlotte Watts and Cathy Zimmerman at SAME/LSHTM and Claudia Garcia Moreno at WHO  can be accessed for free here. Papers included in the series are:

  • Prevention of violence against women and girls: what does the evidence say?, Mary Ellsberg, Diana J Arango, Matthew Morton, Floriza Gennari, Sveinung Kiplesund, Manuel Contreras, Charlotte Watts
  • The health-systems response to violence against women, Claudia García-Moreno, Kelsey Hegarty, Ana Flavia Lucas d’Oliveira, Jane Koziol-MacLain, Manuela Colombini, Gene Feder
  • From work with men and boys to changes of social norms and reduction of inequities in gender relations: a conceptual shift in prevention of violence against women and girls, Rachel Jewkes, Michael Flood, James Lang
  • Prevention of violence against women and girls: lessons from practice, Lori Michau, Jessica Horn, Amy Bank, Mallika Dutt, Cathy Zimmerman
  • Addressing violence against women: a call to action, Claudia García-Moreno, Cathy Zimmerman, Alison Morris-Gehring, Lori Heise, Avni Amin, Naeemah Abrahams, Oswaldo Montoya, Padma Bhate-Deosthali, Nduku Kilonzo, Charlotte Watts

The Call to Action is a critical piece of the Series. Download the popular version here. It calls for five critical actions needed to end violence against women and girls. Together, we can end violence against women and girls. Use these for advocacy when talking with policy-makers, government officials, funders, leaders and civil society organizations. 

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The Series and the Call to Action are being launched in cities across the world. View the presentations from the London launch on the 21st November 2014 here. If you’d like hard copies of the CTA to host an advocacy event in your city please let us know (info@raisingvoices.org). The Call to Action is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and French. 

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The Call to Action forms the basis of the GBV Prevention Network’s regional 16 Days of Activism Campaign – see this year’s Action and Advocacy Kit here. 

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