Raising Voices creates and publishes resources designed to strengthen the practice and discourse on the prevention of violence against women and children. All materials are free for download and available for non-profit use.
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Preventing Violence against Women: A Primer for African Women’s Organizations
This primer, developed with the African Women’s Development Fund, explores a feminist approach to preventing violence against women, outlines current evidence and unpacks key controversies in VAW prevention programming. It seeks to support the leadership and participation of African women’s organizations in advancing VAW prevention grounded in feminist politics.
Also available in French
Community for Understanding Scale Up
Social Norms at Scale
Social Norms at Scale: CUSP’s Collective Insights for Understanding Scale-Up
Read five CUSP member case studies here.
On the cusp of Change
On the cusp of change: Effective scaling of social norms programming for gender equality, (2017)
Creating Change Series, No. 2
Creating Change Series, No. 3
Creating Change Series, No. 4
Creating Change Series, No. 5
Creating Change Series, No. 6
Programming for Prevention Series
Learning from Practice Series
The Learning From Practice series is a collection of articles that synthesize perspectives and activism emerging from Raising Voices’ experience in preventing violence against women and children.
Organizational Perspectives – learnings from the journey of Raising Voices
Research Perspectives – learnings from evaluation findings and operations research
The Feminist Zines were developed in collaboration with Just Associates and Furia based on a convening with feminist activists from around the world.
A movement is not just a network, or actors, or organizations, but a weaving together of all of these components; tied together with influencers, direct actions; sewn with continuous consciousness-raising and lobbying; grounded by reflection.
Our bodies experience the world differently according to the social characteristics or identities that make up who we are: race, ethnicity, gender, class, mobility, ability, able-bodiedness, sexual orientation, origin, and religion.
Working in Repressive Contexts
We reflect on and appreciate the different forms of resistance that are within our movements, especially from women and girls working in repressive contexts.
Self and Collective Care
Well-being is not a burden or a luxury, it is an individual and collective need. The personal is political. As activists and movement builders, but mostly, as women, caring for our sisters and ourselves needs to be part of our daily actions, our daily political actions.
Reports, Articles & Essays
Is Violence against Children Preventable?
Findings from the Good School Study summarized for general audiences
Towards a Feminist Understanding of Intersecting Violence against Women and Children in the Family
Based on discussions with 106 mothers, fathers, daughters and sons, we explore lived experiences of intersecting IPV-VAC, and the attitudes and social norms that often normalize this violence. Read the article here.
Revising the Script: Taking Community Mobilization to Scale for Gender Equality
This exploratory study by International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Raising Voices aims to inform the nascent conversation about the challenges of applying the “innovate, evaluate, scale up” script in one compelling field of recent innovation: community mobilization approaches to address socially and politically sensitive issues, particularly but not exclusively intimate partner violence. The publication explores current thought in scaling up through a literature review, a more in-depth exploration of five organizations/initiatives and their perception of opportunities and dilemmas in scaling up community mobilization approaches, lessons learned, and reflections for moving forward in this new terrain.
Building Fruitful Partnerships
SVRI Forum 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop Reflections: Building and sustaining fruitful partnerships between activists and researchers
Is Violence against Women Preventable?
Findings from the SASA! Study summarized for general audiences
Through the Voice of Faith
This Learning Paper describes a domestic violence prevention initiative driven through the voice of the Catholic Church of Uganda. The learnings from this initiative have provoked broad reflection about the power of faith in many countries of the Global South, and thus the potential of accelerating positive change at scale through effective collaboration with faith institutions. This is a joint publication of Trocaire and Raising Voices.
GBV Prevention Network Member Spotlight
In this publication, the Network celebrates their 10th anniversary by featuring the amazing members, friends and allies who have walked this journey. This booklet puts the spotlight on women and men who are the heart and soul of our activism, devoting their lives to preventing violence against women in their homes, communities and societies.
Community Mobilization: Preventing Partner Violence by Changing Social Norms
This paper outlines the distinguishing qualities of community mobilization as a unique, long-term approach in the primary prevention of partner violence.
Unpacking the SASA! Approach
This publications is a summary of the SASA! Activist Kit and how it came to be. Raising Voices and partners reflect upon the background that brought SASA! to life, explain the contents and phased approach, and share stories of how the approach is currently being used in diverse communities.
Could We? Should We?
This booklet describes the provocative dialogue that lead to the birth of the GBV Prevention Network’s movement building initiative, Get Moving!
Positive Discipline: Alternatives to Corporal Punishment
This handbook introduces the concept of positive discipline and provides a detailed understanding of the issue, its role in education, and its impact on children.
The SASA! Way
This publication provides an in-depth exploration of the SASA! approach for addressing the twin pandemic of Violence against Women and HIV, focusing on the importance of addressing the power imbalance between women and men.
What is a Good School? Imagining beyond the limits of today to create a better tomorrow
The publication proposes in broad outline what good schools might look like and how we could go about creating them in resource poor environments.
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Approaching old problems in new ways: community mobilisation as a primary prevention strategy to combat violence against women
This article describes comprehensive community mobilization as an approach and argues that it is essential if we are to see meaningful, sustained change on the issue of violence against women. It also describes the theoretical underpinnings of the approach and illustrates how these come to life in day-to-day programming in communities.
Creating Safer Schools: Lessons Learned; Strategies for Action
Raising Voices in collaboration with The Ford Foundation hosted a dialogue on what is a safe school and how can we create one. This publication presents the discussion and ideas that emerged from that forum.
What is Wrong with Beating Children?
This is an electronic version of an article published in Article 19, volume 2, number 2, October 2006. A publication of University of the Western Cape available online at: www.communitylawcentre.org.za
Strengthening Regional Work on Gender-Based Violence
This report presents the background, findings and insights of a unique program designed to address gender-based violence through collaborations between research institutions and community-based organizations in the Horn, East and Southern Africa.
Violence against Children: The Voices of Ugandan Children and Adults
This publication discusses a research study in 2004 undertaken in five districts in Uganda. Over 1400 children discuss the various types of violence they experience at home, schools and in the community. The study also reports on discussions with almost 1100 adults about how they perceive punishment and discipline, mistreatment and how they too feel about the issues.
Preventing Gender-based Violence in the Horn, East and Southern Africa: A Regional Dialogue
This publication emerged from a Regional Dialogue on GBV Prevention held in Kampala in 2003. The publication highlights the work of over 15 organizations working in the regions in areas such as community mobilization, awareness raising, engaging men, media, strengthening community-based institutions and bridging the gap with local authorities.
Mobilizing Communities to End Violence Against Women in Tanzania
This article describes the community mobilization approach used at Jijenge! Women’s Center for Sexual Health in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Why Is Violence Against Children Acceptable?
This article uses case studies in Kampala to explore the complex factors that contribute to the prevelance of violence against children.
Voices on Violence
Voices on Violence is a 15 minute advocacy film about violence against children in Uganda. Four children tell their experiences of violence and the impact it has on their lives. We also hear from parents, community members and school administrators as they discuss the negative impact violence has on children.
Through My Eyes
Through My Eyes is a 60 minute film divided into 4 segments of 15 minutes each telling four stories of children from different parts of Uganda. Each story is told from the child’s perspective and portrays their struggle to retain their dignity in the face of violence against them. All four stories are based on true events as reported to us.
The Approach in Action: A Training Video for Organisations in East and Southern Africa
This training video is an invitation into community organizing. The Approach in Action allows organizations to see first-hand what community mobilization and its activities look like by highlighting the work of two NGOs that were pioneering the approach.
SASA! Film and Screening Guide
The SASA! film is a 30-minute documentary that explores the connections between violence, HIV and power in women’s lives. This film is an inspiring look at two women’s lives and a call to action for everyone to begin working to prevent violence against women and HIV infection now.
Will you Ever Forgive Me?
This film documents four stories told from children’s perspectives. Each story focuses on a child’s struggle to make adults come face to face with the truth –that violence against children degrades everyone, including the perpetrator.
My Sweat, Whose Gain?
This film explores the complex questions surrounding child labor, incorporating the perspectives of children and adults to tell a story of hope.