Our Story

The GBV Prevention Network came to life during a Regional Dialogue hosted by Raising Voices and UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Program in Kampala in September 2003. This gathering drew together over 30 violence against women prevention activists and practitioners from ten countries to share experiences and collaborate on regional VAW prevention work. While meeting and discussing ways to improve our violence prevention programming, it became clear that the region needed a structured, inclusive, and consistent space to enable activists to learn, grow, and work together.

Participants highlighted several important issues to tackle in order to move forward. First, there was an urgent need to connect, cooperate, network and unite with other like-minded organizations in the region. There was also the challenge of gathering and distributing regionally-developed resources and materials. Finally, participants voiced a need to build a network of passionate activists who could share programs, approaches, strategies, and transform our thinking on VAW prevention into action!

In order to foster stronger regional connections and address the above challenges, the GBV Prevention Network was born! A decade later, we have successfully inspired a region, united many individuals and organizations behind VAW prevention, and developed our skills and practices to prevent VAW as one cohesive movement. Participants asked Raising Voices to coordinate this Network, and Raising Voices has been its devoted organizer ever since.

View a list of Regional Dialogue Participants here.