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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!

What would a feminist approach to scale-up look like? Our new paper Enhancing Social Norms Programs: An Invitation to Rethink “Scaling Up” From a Feminist Perspective explores how patriarchy, colonialism, neoliberalism and other geo-historical dynamics shape today’s typical “business model” for scale-up. The paper instead proposes a feminist approach to scale that, like natural ecosystems, can support and sustain social norms change through connection and collaboration.

Learn more about CUSP and how we are influencing the scale-up debate!

There is an urgent need for creative ways to engage communities where in-person mobilizing is difficult—particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic continues globally. Alongside our partners the Uganda Network on Law Ethics and HIV/AIDS, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Peripheral Vision International, we are rising to this challenge.

Our latest adaption initiative is to create SASA! Together for Radio to enhance our reach and community impact. The radio drama will include 33 episodes and begin airing in 2022 in Uganda’s Kasese District. We are embedding a strong learning component from the start in order to understand what listeners are taking away and how we can improve our content. Stay tuned!

The first Spanish-language SASA! Together cohort launched in January 2022! Four organizations are ready to implement the new regionally focused SASA! Together adaptation in their communities across Mexico. With support from our partner Xilotl Asociación para el Desarrollo Social A.C, two Raising Voices technical assistance providers with significant experience in the region will be leading training and support to our new SASA! Together partners.

See our Spanish-language adaptation of SASA! Together here.

Social media engagement has created increased connection among GBV Prevention Network members and allies, as well as encouraged a vibrant platform for online engagement. Fusing graphic art and activism, the Network inspires critical reflection on violence against women through Twitter chats, tweetathons, blog posts and webinars.

In the Network’s #PreventVAW campaign, people of all backgrounds weigh in to discuss how patriarchal power is the root cause of violence against women and how this imbalance of power manifests in their contexts.

Join #PreventVAW on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to learn, share and reflect on preventing violence against women, from theory to practice.

The realities of secondary school are vastly different from primary school for many students. Unfortunately, levels of peer violence are often higher, and girls are more likely to experience sexual violence as they get older. Children also experience new dynamics in their relationships with teachers and the pressures associated with the transition to later adolescence.

In response to this specific context, we have adapted our Good School Toolkit for secondary schools. This includes enhancements and new content to better address emerging patterns of violence, support positive mental health and more. The Good School Toolkit has been introduced in 100 secondary schools, with 200 teacher protagonists trained in quality implementation.