Reflect and discuss: Prevention strategies

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    Reflect on the context you typically work in. What violence prevention strategies might be promising given risk factors in your setting?


    Based on the context Women for Women Rwanda works in, violence prevention strategies that are/can be promising are:
    * Economic and Social empowerment

    * Couples programs

    * Parenting programs

    * Community mobilization

    *Addressing harmful alcohol and other substances abuse

    * Media and Edutainment

    Gikuu Grace Ireri

    Couples and Parenting programmes -Communication skills are important between couples as society norms and religion have discouraged shared decision making over family decisions and resources in the family. Also important to support parents adopt non violent ways of correcting children.
    Social and economic transfers and empowerment to secure livelihoods for both men and women are also important.
    Enforcing legislation around women’s inheritance to property and productive assets in marriage is important as widowed or separated women face numerous challenges.nThere is also need for civil society advocacy on monitoring budgetary allocations and practice by some of the institutions like the police who are key in investigations and prosecution of perpetrators of violence for children, girls and women.
    Media and edutainment around some of the progressive laws that guarantee women’s access to property and land are also important in offering women information and confidence to claim their rights and also challenge long standing discriminatory cultural practices regarding women’s rights and roles as equal decision makers in society.


    In my organization/setting, following promising violence prevention strategies are: couples and youth (student and out of school) programs, engaging men program, religious, media, CSOs, Refugees and campaign in synergy with government.

    Amina Hambali

    i think this couple session will work in some area because of IPV cases and men claim over economic.
    also this economic empowerment too

    Angeline Ndabaningi

    To address economic challenges and lack of employment and access to income by women, women’s economic empowerment strategies would be feasible in my area, including VSLAs and capacity building of couples on living a violent free life.

    also to deal with the strong gender norms that perpetuate gender inequalities, engaging men and boys and traditional leaders including religious leaders and build their capacity to support ender equality goals


    I am Jean Baptiste, I am working in a program that engage men in maternal, newborn and child health promotion and GBV prevention. According to the program design and implementation, strategies we are using include the following and are listed according to their importance: 1. Couples program, 2. Positive parenting, 3. Addressing harmful alcohol use, 4. Community mobilization, 5. Policy and structural change


    The strategy include
    Couple program
    Community awareness
    Collectively parenting
    Consciousness in handling issues of alcohol and other substances

    Atusaye Nyondo

    Interventions on VAWG prevention (as opposed to response) with more attention given to changing social norms and behaviours, reducing exposure to childhood abuse, tackling power imbalances (i.e. using power as the entry point rather than gender, interrogating both its positive and negative uses), increasing women’s economic empowerment, working with men and boys and with researchers. The activities should engage men and boys on harmful masculinities, including use of violence.

    Joan Lanyero

    Community sensitization or awareness sessions, women only spaces, training of Community Activists who engage community men and women in reflection sessions, VSLA & IGA groups, grassroot to national and regional advocacy on laws and policies like engagement of local government officials to carry out their mandate, Parliamentarians, working with other GBV networks and clusters at all levels, media use – radio, couple engagement and livelihood programmes.

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