The GBV Prevention Network is guided by an Advisory Committee made up of five members from Eritrea, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda. They are a dynamic team that comprises of a diverse range of expertise and experience suited to the Network’s needs.
Advisory Committee Members
Christine Butegwa – Gender, Rights and Advocacy Advisor, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Regional Office
Christine is a feminist activist whose areas of expertise are women’s human rights (with specific interest in sexual and reproductive health and rights), gender and development, and communications. Christine is currently the Gender, Rights and Advocacy Advisor at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Regional Office based in Nairobi, Kenya. She leads on IPPF’s gender and rights mainstreaming efforts in member associations as well as the regional office. She has demonstrated skills in coalition building and advocacy, research, policy analysis, adult training/facilitation and development communication. Prior to this, Christine served as the Regional Coordinator, Africa Programs with Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), a Pan-African international non-governmental organization for African women based in Uganda well-known for building women’s leadership capacities and innovative programs on sexuality, SRHR and movement building. Christine has extensive experience and skills in strategy development, research, advocacy, networking and capacity building around rights-based approaches to development.
Kennedy Odhiambo Otina – Regional Gender Associate, Men to Men Program (FEMNET) and Women’s Human Rights Defender
Kennedy is the Regional Program Associate of the Men to Men Program at the African Women’s Development and Communication Network – FEMNET. For the last eight years, he has been working on engaging men to end violence against women. He steered the piloting of male involvement in Kenya in 2008 which gave rise to a now independent organization, Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN- Kenya). Currently, Kennedy is leading the regional expansion of the Men to Men program covering seven countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mali, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo. He has worked with stakeholders to develop the Men to Men Strategy Toolkit and the gender-based violence training manual to support regional initiatives targeting men for social transformation. Kennedy is also piloting a Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights – SRHR program in Kenya targeting religious and cultural leaders in promoting the SRHR for women and girls that will be expanded to other countries in Africa.
Elizabeth Dartnall – SVRI Program Officer / Senior Research Manager, Medical Research Council South Africa
Elizabeth (Liz) is a health policy specialist with research, public policy and project management experience. Currently Liz manages the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), a global project hosted by the South African Medical Research Council. The SVRI aims to promote priority-driven, good quality research in the area of sexual violence, particularly in low and middle income countries. Liz has a post-graduate degree in psychology from Curtin University in Australia and a Masters in Science (Medicine) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Previous work experience includes working as a researcher at the Centre for Health Policy, University of the Witwatersrand; working in policy and research development for the Department of Health in Western Australia and in South Africa; and Senior Program Manager for AMREF South Africa. Liz is particularly interested in gaining a better understanding of how early experiences of violence influence future perpetration and victimization and how this can be used to inform the development of primary prevention programs. She is also interested in the area of vicarious trauma and doing research on sexual violence, and how to prevent it.
Natsnet Ghebrebrhan – Refugee Project Coordinator, Medica Mondiale
Natsnet Gheberebrha has been involved in the work of GBV since 2001. She has worked in Eastern and Western Africa, including Eritrea, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia. She recently completed her assignment in Liberia where she coordinated a GBV project in communities that host Ivorian refugees. She has BA degree in English and is perusing her post graduate studies in International Development.
Maimuna Kanyamala – Executive Director, MikonoYetu Centre for Creativity and Innovation
The Network’s activities are coordinated and supported by Raising Voices in Uganda, which provides staff, funding, office space, equipment and supplies.
The Network’s members are the very heart of our work. Our members are active in all aspects of VAW prevention work, whether they are community activists changing traditional beliefs about women, advocates providing safe places and counseling for women experiencing violence, or academics developing resources and materials for others to use to prevent VAW.