Raising Voices

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Raising Voices would like to appreciate all of you helping us learn, grow and exchange through our Twitter account and online activism. Please join in the conversation here!

After a several months long, collaborative and meaningful process, we are excited to share our 2023-2027 Strategy with friends, partners, and colleagues in the violence prevention space. We have a bold vision for the next five years and can’t wait to get started on the next step in our journey, supporting safer and more flourishing environments for women and children.

Our YouTube page is filled with videos going into depth about the work we do to prevent violence in schools and communities! Our latest resources include a video describing self and collective care, as well as an exploration of the circles of influence we use in SASA! Together. 

Visit our page here and let us know what you think!

Have you been wondering how to facilitate SASA! discussions? We recorded a short video for the Start Power Poster activity to model good facilitation skills among partners implementing SASA! Together, SASA! Faith, and SASA!  This video can be used during practice sessions to role-play SASA! activities in your office with staff or in meetings with activists.

What is practice-based learning and how does Raising Voices center the concept in our work to prevent violence? Our new brief explores our experience with centering practice-based learning as a critical, political strategy to elevate knowledge grounded in practitioner and activist experiences. We also have tips for strengthening practice-based learning at your own organization! Learn more here.

To inform the design of a streamlined version of the Good School Toolkit called GST Agile, Raising Voices partnered with IDinsight to determine which components of the GST are most critical to reducing violence against children. This 2 page Evidence Brief provides an at-a-glance review of the most important lessons and implications for our work. Key implications for scaling effectively included (1) maintaining a whole-school approach, (2) strengthening an intersectional lens, (3) ensuring commitment of the school administration, (4) exploring innovations for effective community outreach and (5) streamlining the toolkit by simplifying activities and integrating them into school curricula. Read the full report here!

Are you interested in using SASA! Together to prevent violence against women in your communities? We are looking for organizations to join our next cohort to receive training and technical support on the SASA! Together approach. Click here to access the application form to read more about the opportunity and selection criteria. Applications due Friday, November 18.

Questions? Email onlinelearning@raisingvoices.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

The Passages Project is a long-term initiative (funded by USAID) that aims to promote social norm change at scale. They have recently launched a Workbook to help people deepen their ‘ethical thinking’ by deliberating on real-world examples of how organizations have made hard choices in their social change programming. It consists of four case studies—including one from Raising Voices– to help learners pause and reflect on difficult scenarios. In it we share our practice-based learning from the early days of SASA! in Uganda, and how we ultimately adapted program materials based on these insights. The SASA! in Uganda case study is available here and you can download the full Workbook here.

In what ways did we achieve and/or fall short of meeting our ambitious 2018-2022 strategy? Check out a new independent review that seeks identify key accomplishments, core drivers of success and ways we can improve as a team in the future. This strategy will help shape development of our upcoming 2023-2027 strategy- stay tuned!

We had an exhilarating week at the SVRI Forum in Cancún, Mexico! Joining close to 1,000 delegates from 96 countries, Raising Voices facilitated Panels, Workshops, Dialogues, Events, and various meetings to exchange insights, deepen connections, and move forward our collective efforts to prevent violence against women and children. Highlights include:

Facilitating a workshop on feminist scale, building from the recent CUSP publication available here

Hosting an activist meet-up to strengthen community and support among the many activists attending the SVRI Forum from all around the world

Co-convening an event to ‘pause and reflect’ around centering feminist care practices in our organizations and work

Participating in a ‘dialogic panel’ on practice based learning

And presenting recent learnings from our team – including: