Advocacy Guide For Grassroots Activists

Topics: Human rights, Violence, Policy Pages: 52 (17065 words) Published: December 3, 2014
Gender-Based
Violence:
An advocacy guide for
grassroots activists in Uganda

Acknowledgments
This guide was produced as part of CARE’s Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative (GLAI), which seeks to address gender-based violence in Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. GLAI is funded by CARE Norway. Thanks to CARE staff, community-based facilitators, sub-county coordinators and partner organizations in northern Uganda who shared their experiences, ideas and passion for preventing gender-based violence in their communities.

This advocacy guide was inspired by and adapted from two other advocacy resources: Advocacy Tools and Guidelines: Promoting Policy Change (CARE, 2001) and Psychosocial Support Advocacy Toolkit (REPSSI, 2010) The section on community mobilization for social change is largely inspired by two projects: Raising Voices in Uganda (www.raisingvoices.org), which works to prevent violence against women by addressing root causes such as traditional gender roles and the imbalance of power between women and men; and CARE’s Inner Spaces Outer Faces Initiative (ISOFI) (http://www.careacademy.org/health/isofi/welcome.html), which addresses inequities of power in gender and sexuality in order to improve health and development. Certain tools were also adapted from Participatory Approaches: A facilitator's guide (VSO) and the Life Skills Manual (United States Peace Corps).

Written by: Rebecca Arnold
Illustrated by: Illustrated by: Adam Lutta, Babatau Inc.
For more information, please contact
CARE Uganda
Box 7280
Kampala
Uganda
phone: +(256) 312 258 100
email: cuhq@careuganda.org

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
Purpose of this guide

2

What is gender-based violence?

4

Who is an activist?

6

Why should we prevent GBV?

8

GBV in Uganda

9

Laws & policies in Uganda

10

International declarations

11

Advocacy

As activists,
we help our
communities create
a happier, healthier,
more peaceful future
for everyone in
Uganda.

What is advocacy?

12

Process

16

Data collection & evaluation

24

Making linkages

25

Community Mobilization for Social Change
What is social change?

26

Getting started

28

Learning tools

28

Tools for discussing GBV

33

Communication tips & techniques

42

Data collection & evaluation

48

Making linkages

49

In this guide,
we will show you
different tools and
techniques to help you
talk about gender-based
violence with your
community

1

PURPOSE OF THIS GUIDE
CARE Uganda is part of the Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative (GLAI), which seeks to address gender-based violence in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda through different advocacy activities. Advocacy takes place at many different levels (see p. 12-15). The purpose of this guide is to provide grassroots activists with tools and information so that they can carry out community-based advocacy, as well as make linkages with national-level advocacy efforts. CARE Uganda operates a ISARO [need description + how it fits with GLAI from Prudence].... The aims of ISARO support the aims of GLAI: to create an environment that promotes safe, peaceful and productive families and communities. Both programs envision a Uganda that is free from gender-based violence.

Who is this guide for?
This guide was developed as a resource for community-based activists who are working to eliminate gender-based violence in their communities. Often, activists have several roles (see p. 6-7). Sometimes activists provide case management, and sometimes they educate their communities. Some activists do both.

Advocacy (see p. 12-15) is a strategy that complements case management and community mobilization. This guide will help you to develop your advocacy skills, in order to influence powerful people in your community.

2

In this guide you will find:
❖ An introductory section (see p. 4-11)
◆ an explanation of gender-based violence
◆ the profile and roles of activists
◆...
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