Reduction in risk of violence against women in SASA! communities
Reduction in violence against children in Good Schools
Activists in the GBV Prevention Network
Schools in Uganda using the Good School Toolkit
Get Moving! helped me to relate to feminism and activist. …I realized that every one of us can be an activist as long as you are passionate and willing to do something about violence.
One of the things that was very important was building movements. Not just working for one organization, but [also] thinking about how we grow outside the organization so we can build a bigger movement to prevent violence against women.
This concept of power is the most intriguing thing I have come across recently. When I randomly picked the booklet on power, I didn’t know that it would become a turning point for me. I have learnt a lot about power. I have learnt how to use power in my marriage. My office is one which yields a lot of power, and it is easy to abuse this power without even noticing it. I have learnt to be conscious about how I use my power with the people I supervise. I feel happier and more fulfilled.
The Good School Program enabled me to gain confidence. I was so shy, but the teacher protagonist supported me and encouraged me by giving me an opportunity to address students on the assembly, and now I can say that I am a confident person.
Couples, families, friends and neighbors—these are powerful forces in our lives. When those closest to us change, when they support gender equality, non-violence and respect, our lives become safer and happier. Our evidence-based approach, SASA!, is used in over 500 communities around the world, supporting communities in changing long-held attitudes and practices by demonstrating the benefits of balanced power through creative and sustained activism. Positive change is happening!
In many communities, local government leaders are the first responders to violence against women. If they lack the skills and a gender-based analysis of violence, then women can experience more harm and violence can be overlooked as an inevitable part of life for women. The Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) worked with local leaders in the Busoga region of Uganda using SASA! to encourage and support them to change their own beliefs about the value of women and the role they can play as leaders to change harmful norms.
CEDOVIP supported over 42 community development officers across 32 subcounties in Busoga to introduce SASA! to their communities.
With our technical support, Trócaire worked alongside communities in Pakistan’s Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces in using SASA! to unpack and challenge men’s use of power over women. Sensitive adaptation and commitment to communities resulted in more opportunity, choice and freedom for women, as well as a community—including men and religious leaders—more supportive of women’s right to live free of violence.
Learn more through Trócaire’s Listening Through Story methodology which explores impact through the voices of community members.
In safe schools, children can thrive. They can learn. They can be children. Our evidence-based approach, the Good School Toolkit, is being used in primary and secondary schools across Uganda. Children, teachers, parents and administrators are working together to end corporal punishment and embark on a new journey in which positive discipline and dignity are the norm.
To assess the impact of the Good School Toolkit, we collaborated with 42 primary schools in Luwero district, Uganda, for a randomized controlled study. Results showed that the Toolkit reduced the likelihood of students experiencing physical violence from school staff by 42 percent in the span of 18 months. In Good Schools, 50 percent fewer teachers (compared to control) reported using physical violence against students, the most common form of which was caning. The more intensive implementation of Toolkit activities, the stronger the results.
In control schools, 41 percent of students reported being caned in the past week compared to only 23 percent in Good Schools. Read more results here!
Magunga Primary School in Kabarole district, Uganda, is now a changed place.
A Good School teacher protagonist leading implementation of the Good School Toolkit noted: “In the past, teachers frequently used corporal punishment to ‘discipline’ learners. Many pupils feared going to school. There were unhealthy teacher-student relationships, absenteeism and learners dropping out of school or changing school.”
The Good School Toolkit gave the teachers, students, administrators and parents at Magunga the tools to make and sustain changes. Teachers and students now report healthier relationships between adults and children and an increase in positive discipline strategies used by teachers.
As a feminist organization in the Global South, we partner with and support other organizations interested in deepening their feminist analysis, strengthening their violence prevention skills and building stronger collectives. We’ve worked with over 600 organizations that are strengthening movements to prevent violence and to promote women’s and children’s rights.
One strategy we employ to reach a wide scope of stakeholders in violence prevention is Violence Against Children Prevention Centers.
Over years of collaboration, Raising Voices has strengthened these community-based organizations’ capacity to prevent violence against children in their respective spaces. Our strategy involves a 10-point action plan: rollout of the Good School Toolkit, strengthening the Center facilities, managing referrals, engaging in local activism in communities, coordinating the district-based coalition meetings, advocating within the local government, facilitating Peer Learning Network activities, implementing national media campaigns, monitoring and evaluation activities and providing urgent action support to survivors.
With children out of school since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Centers are finding creative ways to offer support. For example, one center distributed self-study materials in homes, conducted community dialogues on preventing sexual violence against children and worked closely with local government officials in addressing cases of violence.
Being an activist means we start with ourselves, and being an activist organization requires living our values of non-violence, positive use of power and non-discrimination. While these are easy in the abstract, living them requires time, self-reflection and commitment.
Raising Voices developed Get Moving! to help organizations strengthen their activist spirit. Over the years, we have worked with over 40 organizations across Africa to go through the 10-step Get Moving! process, fostering self-reflection and organizational policy and practice changes.
In partnership with the International Rescue Committee, Raising Voices has adapted Get Moving! for organizations working in humanitarian settings.
Grounded in the realities of life for women and children, we use our platform in global spaces to amplify our learning from practice, advocate for change and influence the broader fields of violence against women prevention and violence against children prevention.
Through our global advocacy group the Coalition for Good Schools, we partnered with the Children’s Institute at University of Cape Town and the International Center for Research on Women to conduct a comprehensive global review of the evidence around what works to prevent violence against children in schools.
The review covered five thematic areas for addressing this issue, including whole-school approaches like the Good School Toolkit. We found that key characteristics of successful approaches include multi-component, integrated interventions, leadership opportunities for school staff and learners, and an iterative attitude toward intervention development, among others.
Our analysis of 93 interventions described in over 150 publications classified 20 programs as successful, 29 as promising, 30 as emerging and 14 as ineffective. Read the full review here!
We harness our research and practice-based learning to influence policy, programming and funding on violence against women and children. Over the last decade, we have published articles in academic journals, contributed substantially to global policy guidance, and shaped program design and funding strategies.
Our commitment to sharing our activist knowledge improves our own programming, as well as impacts decision-making and critical investments for violence against women and children programming around the world.
Raising Voices has co-authored over 25 academic articles in the last decade, including a widely circulated article highlighting lessons from practice in the Lancet Series on Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls.