Reflect and discuss: VAW prevention principles

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    Think about a violence prevention programme you work on (or one that you’re familiar with). How do you use each of the violence against women prevention principles in this programme?

    1. Accountable to women and girls
    2. Based in a gender-power analysis
    3. Inclusive and intersectional
    4. Prioritising the safety of women and girls
    5. Starting with ourselves

    All VAW prevention principles are not used at the some level depending on project targets


    Ensuring the project beneficiaries are listened to, their needs are incorporated into programs and feedback provided to them

    Ensuring that the power differences are analyzed to avert imbalances in power and also providing equitable resources and opportunities for men and women

    Ensuring all our programs respond to the needs of all our beneficiaries irrespective of gender, colour, disability status, sexual orientation

    Designing and implementing prevention programs that do not lead to harm, programs that ensure integrity for women and girls and also assuring confidentiality for survivors of violence

    Ensuring that we take care of our mental health needs while providing services to the wounded clients so as to avert burnout and vicarious trauma


    The VAW prevention principles are pivotal to safeguard women and girls in our programs

    Atusaye Nyondo

      Accountable to women and girls: Our intervention packages strengthened formal and informal justice services to ensure that they are accessible, responsive and accountable to women and children’s needs. The programme attained this by working with Women’s Rights Organisations (WROs) who implemented Survivor Support Fund (SSF) initiative; an innovative and unique intervention which supported survivors to gain and access support.

      Based in a gender-power analysis: The adaptation of programme activities were informed by the programme’s Gender Inclusion Power and Politics (GIPP) analysis.

      Inclusive and intersectional: The programme considered that the experiences of women and girls differ depending on many factors including disability. Therefore, we actively considered intersectionality and identified opportunities to work with the most marginalised. The program approach we used (Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)) allowed us to tailor our activities to respond to the unique, real and changing needs of the target groups.

      Prioritising the safety of women and girls: We empowered girls and women across their lifecycles by expanding their choices, improving the services available to them, and enabling them to decide themselves how to engage with support services.

      Starting with ourselves: As a programme team and our Implementing Partners (IPs) we continuously reflected on our own attitudes and beliefs around gender, power, privilege, and violence and how this impacted our work. We used our power positively by influencing others to use to unlearn harmful masculinities including negative attitudes, beliefs and social norms.

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