Raising Voices

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As part of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s (SVRI) committed work to addressing vicarious
trauma and building a caring and kind field – most recently through the We Care project – SVRI partnered with Raising Voices to explore how they strive to institutionalise self and
collective care. This case study is a collaboration between Raising Voices and the SVRI. A series of semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions informed its development. Interviewees included 14
Raising Voices staff members from a diversity of teams and positions in the organisation and two
representatives from Raising Voices partner organisations. Check it out here!

To facilitate a national dialogue on violence against children (VAC), the VAC Prevention Team is engaging religious institutions as key stakeholders and influencers on VAC in Uganda. We strongly believe that religious leaders play a key role in influencing values and opinions on what is right or wrong thus shaping individual and societal behavior including the use of violence.

On 16th August 2022, we conducted a half-day dialogue with the IRCU bringing together 37 religious leaders from seven religious denominations i.e., Catholics, Muslims, Anglicans, Orthodox, Seventh Day Adventists, Born Again Christians, and members from the Bahai Faith. The dialogue focused on building synergies to institutionalize VAC prevention in religious institutions and strengthen capacity of religious leaders to identify VAC and use their power to prevent it. We aim to build on this dialogue to create inroads and deepen our engagement with religious institutions moving forward.

We are hugely grateful to 188 of our partners and friends who shared their helpful observations, reflections and ideas in our stakeholder survey. We appreciate your affirmations and strategic advice. Please see a summary of what was shared here. We are continuing to discuss your inputs and grappling with how best to integrate these suggestions as we ramp-up our 2023-2027 strategy development. Stay tuned!

Raising Voices/GBV Prevention Network Technical Manager, Lucky Kobugabe and COFEM Regional Hub Coordinator, Iris Nxumalo-De Smit explore a reframing of rest as the embodiment of social justice principles we strive for in our work. They urge us to consider “Rest is one of the ‘new’ frontiers of our organising – will we seize this opportunity to embody the joy, health and freedom we long to see in the world?” Read more and comment here.

The survey is now closed, thank you to the over 180 colleagues who generously shared reflections and ideas – we’re so grateful! Watch this space for results of the survey in early July.

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Are you familiar with Raising Voices? We would love to hear from you!  This brief 15-minute survey is designed to gather anonymous feedback to learn about how our work is being perceived, areas where we can grow and how we can best contribute to the broader movements of violence against women and violence against children prevention moving forward.

 

Please take the survey here (closing June 3, 2022). Your reflections will inform our 2018-2022 review and new strategy development!

The Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Hub of the Global Coalition for Good Schools will host three 75-minute seminars on 5 May, 16 June and 13 July to discuss the Coalition’s recently launched evidence review, Preventing violence against children in and through schools in the Global South. This seminar series will highlight key insights emerging out of the review, provide practitioners a platform to share insights from successful programmes, and engage regional actors members of the Coalition for Good Schools to deliberate on how to amplify voices of practitioners in the Global South and how to move this work forward. 

 

In case you missed the first webinar, catch up with the recording here!

 

The evidence review examines 151 publications about 93 distinct interventions in the Global South and identifies 6 key lessons and 5 promising intervention approaches.

Meet the Global Shared Research Agenda

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) and The Equality Institute (EQI), with support from funding partners – Wellspring Philanthropic Fund and Sida – as well as an Advisory Group (that included Raising Voices) and a Global Expert Group of over 400 colleagues, recently released the world’s first Global Shared Research Agenda (GSRA), the result of two years of evidence informed dialogues and discussion, which has drawn on the wisdom of the crowd, to set research priorities for the next five years for fair, effective and relevant research on violence against women in low and middle-income countries, the first time the voices of practitioners, researchers and activists have sat centred and equal alongside academics and other specialists in the field.

The GSRA reveals that there are still major gaps in the violence against women research field. The GSRA provides funders a framework to guide and increase investment in high-quality and ethical research; researchers should use the GSRA to inform their own research agendas; practitioners should use the agenda as a guide for partnerships with researchers on the evaluation of their interventions; and as a field together, the GSRA serves as a powerful advocacy tool to advocate for more and better research funding that addresses critical research gaps in the field.

Download the Global Shared Research Agenda here.

Listen to an episode of The SVRI’s Sexual Violence Research Podcast on the GSRA here.

Over the last four years CUSP has reflected critically on what it takes to adapt and scale our approaches effectively and ethically. During 2020 and 2021 we focused on what we would recommend to achieve effective, ethical and sustainable adaptation and expansion of our approaches. We explored what ‘feminist scale’ might look like and mean.

This blog summarizes a paper on Feminist Scale that will be discussed in a CUSP webinar on 30th March 2022.

Register here https://bit.ly/3IusZGe

 

Since 2020, Raising Voices has been using an innovative approach to scale-up the Good Schools Toolkit. We are training and supporting 43 Regional Resource Persons (RRP) to roll out the Good School Toolkit in over 1,000 primary schools spread across Uganda. In partnership with the LSHTM and AfriChild Centre, we are conducting a mixed-methods study to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of our approach. Further we are exploring  how schools are experiencing a re-opening after nearly two-years of closures due to COVID-19. This past February we completed a training for researchers and kicked off data collection in 10 districts (across 4 regions) in Uganda, Yee! We can’t wait to see the findings!

Over the years, the Violence against Children and Learning teams have worked together to improve the quality and ease of implementing the Good School Toolkit. Towards this aim, we are excited to launch the Good Schools Program Mobile application–your companion to creating a Good School! Anyone can download and use the app to build their knowledge on how to prevent violence against children in schools, based on the Good School Toolkit. On the app you can also find and download Toolkit materials and creative learning modules. We also provide a platform for users to track their progress, assess program outcomes, connect with peers on discussion boards, and more! This February we trained 43 Regional Resource Persons to use the app.

The app is accessible from anywhere in the world on Google Play Store here. All the learning materials accessed by anyone from anywhere around the world. Try it out and learn how to prevent violence against children in schools and in your homes. A violence free childhood is everyone’s right!