Raising Voice

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he vision for Raising Voices took shape while cofounders Lori Michau and Dipak Naker were working with women and children in Mwanza, Tanzania. They observed firsthand the profound ways in which interpersonal violence was undermining women and children’s quality of life and basic safety. And efforts to respond to violence after it happened did not resolve the past traumas or prevent additional violence from occurring.

So, with a deeply held belief in the possibility—and necessity—of communities free from violence against women and children, Lori and Dipak created Raising Voices in Kampala, Uganda.

At that time, in 1999, little was known about violence prevention—there was no consensus on what approaches could be most impactful or how to design and implement safe, effective prevention programming. But we at Raising Voices were determined, grounded and willing to take risks. After several years of creating content and learning from other activists and the community in Kampala, we piloted a comprehensive approach to violence prevention, Mobilising Communities to Prevent Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Organisations in East and Southern Africa.

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