Announcements

Join our Tweethon: Let’s talk about Power

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On 7th October at 15:00 CAT, (12:00 GMT, 8:00 EST) join the Gender Based Violence Prevention Network in a twitter conversation on power in all its varied forms. Let’s talk about power seeks to do just that – engage in conversation, create awareness, and share learning on how we can tap into power for social change and justice.

Share your thoughts on #power using the hashtag #POWER101 or tweet @GBVNet . Let us know how you have developed your power to act for women’s rights and justice. Tell us what power means to you.

Join us in talking about power.

 

Let’s Talk About Power: Social Media Campaign – October 5th – 25th, 2015  

We all have power. As individuals, we have power within us, and the ability to have power with others. Power can be used positively or negatively. Positive power manifests internally as self-confidence and can motivate us to change our lives, and the lives of others. When we lack power, we feel stuck, and unable to change the course of our lives.

Negative power can be that force we employ against those who are marginalized, or in a disadvantaged position. It can be manifested by the actions of an unfair employer for example who takes advantage of an individual’s need for work, and pays them below the market rate, or denies them the full employment benefits as required by law. Negative power can be that wielded by the insensitive partner who expects his wife to cater to his every need without question. Can you think of others ways in which power can be abused? Clearly power shapes our lives, and the lives of communities.

The Gender Based Violence Prevention Network invites you to join our online conversation (social media) with the hashtag #Power101. Let’s talk about power in all its varied manifestations: power with, power within, power to, power over. Let’s talk about how power has affected our lives, and those around us. Let’s talk about how we can use power positively to end violence against women. Join us in conversation via Twitter (@GBVnet) and on Facebook

 16 Days of Activism, Call for Statements of Interest 

Apply! Today to Receive This year’s GBV Prevention Network Regional 16 Days of Activism Campaign KitHundreds of organizations and millions of people across the Horn, East and Southern Africa will get involved in the GBV Prevention Network’s Regional 16 Days of Activism Campaign. We hope to engage and inspire action from all categories of leaders including:

  • Political leaders e.g. members of parliament, ministers, elected leaders at local government level etc.
  • Technical leaders e.g. ministry officials, technical staff at local levels of government
  • Opinion leaders e.g. religious and traditional leaders

Have you considered the actions below?

  1. Encouraging leaders at all levels – political, technical, religious and traditional, to publicly condemn violence against women.
  2. National programming – Advocate for the development or strengthening of a national plan of action to end violence against women in your country.
  3. Advocate for the establishment for a national coordinating mechanism with adequate resources to implement and monitor actions to address violence against women in your country.
  4. Financing VAW/G programs – Advocate for resources to be available to support the implementation of existing laws, policies and operational plans to eliminate violence against women and girls in your country.

 Click here to apply for the kit.

Deadline for application is Wednesday August 12th, 2015. For further clarifications write to jean@raisingvoices.org and sharifa3aziz@gmail.com

 

 Call for Nominations  for the 2016 Womanity Award

The Award serves to identify such powerful, evidence-based programs and support them in their expansion by finding and supporting partner organizations that can implement them in their own context.

Two partner organizations will win the Award:

– An Innovation Partner Organization which has demonstrated the impact of a successful program to reduce violence against women, and

– A Scale-up Partner Organization (selected by the Innovation Partner)which adapts, extends and replicates the program in their own setting to positively affect women and their communities locally.

Focus of the 2016 Call for NominationsUsing New Technologies to Prevent Violence Against Women

Find out how to nominate innovative organizations here!

Deadline: 28 August 2015

 

2014 – 2015: Launch of the global Call to Action to end violence against women and girls

In 2014 and 2015 the GBV Prevention Network in partnership with organizations across the Horn, East and Southern Africa will take part in the global launch of a Call to Action to end violence against women and girls. This is in conjunction with the publication of The Lancet Series: Violence against women and girls – which was published on November 21, 2014.

See below a list of some of the organizations who will participate in the launch of the Call to Action. Wherever you are in the world, if you would like to take part in the launch of the Call to Action, in 2014/2015, please see the contact information at the end of the page.

Dates of the launches (in 2014 and 2015) will be announced soon. The Call to Action is available in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.

Some of the organizations participating in the launch of the global Call to Action in the Horn, East and Southern Africa are:

1. LVCT – Kenya

2. IGAD Secretariat – Djibouti

3. FEMNET – Kenya

4. Si Jeunesse Savait – Democratic Republic of Congo

5. Malawi Human Rights Resource Center (MHRRC) – Malawi

6. People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) – South Africa

7. Ecumenical Social Diaconate Action (ESDA) – Namibia

8. Center for Domestic Violence Prevention – Uganda

To find out more about how to join the global Call to Action please write to info@preventgbvafrica.org

The GBV Prevention Network named finalist for the fourth annual Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women

Kampala, Uganda (March 13, 2015)—This week, the GBV Prevention Network at Raising Voices was selected as a finalist for the fourth annual Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for its outstanding work on its 16 Days of Activism against Violence Against Women campaign: Violence Against Women: The Silent Epidemic, Is Your Voice Being Heard?” In observance of International Women’s Day, the “Violence Against Women: The Silent Epidemic, Is Your Voice Being Heard?” campaign was recognized for its work to bring attention to violence against women.

The GBV Prevention Network at Raising Voices is one of 20 global organizations to be chosen as a finalist for the prestigious awards, which recognize outstanding communications campaigns that are helping change communities, policies, institutions and behaviors to end violence against women. The five winning organizations will be chosen by an expert panel of judges and announced on March 23, 2015. Each will receive a US $5,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to fund the continuation of their work.