Raising Her Voice

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New report reveals alarming attitudes about rape - 37% of men in Eastern DRC report having raped a woman

Depressing news from a DRC study by the Sonke Gender Justice Network that found more than one in three of the 708 men surveyed in the war-torn east admits committing sexual assault, and that three in four believe that a woman who "does not dress decently is asking to be raped." Read more from this excellent, nuanced report here:…


Added by Emily Brown on November 12, 2012 at 11:37 — No Comments

RHV partner SOAWR Applauds Leadership of the African Group at the United Nations for FGM Draft Resolution

30 October 2012:

The global effort to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) has taken a critical step forward with the official presentation of a draft resolution by the Group of African States at the United Nations. The draft resolution, “Intensifying Global Efforts for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilations,” was advanced by African leadership at multiple levels, including the Inter African Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices and the First Ladies of Benin and…


Added by Emily Brown on November 2, 2012 at 17:34 — No Comments

Move your chair into the circle: Indigenous women’s political participation in Guatemala

"I started getting involved in community politics and working in organizations. There, with the women's groups, is where I learnt what it really means to organize. (They teach you about organization at university, but it's not the same.) I learnt about politics from the elders, the ancestral authorities.

 "In the meetings, it was all men and then…


Added by Emily Brown on August 6, 2012 at 10:22 — No Comments

Maya Angelou's Best poem ever!


enough money within her control to move out 

and rent a place of her own, 

even if she never wants to or needs to... 

something perfect to wear if the employer, 

or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour... 


a youth she's content to leave behind.... 

a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to 

retelling it in her old age.... 

a set of screwdrivers, a cordless…


Added by Pam Inoti on July 5, 2012 at 14:36 — No Comments

Nothing is Impossible: case study on Raising Her Voice programme in Nepal

Women in Nepal experience discrimination in all areas of their lives. The goal of Oxfam’s Raising Her Voice programme is to ensure that public policy making reflects the interests of poor and marginalized women in the country, especially by increasing their participation and influence in community decision-making bodies that have a particular impact on their lives. This case study – one of a series of Programme Insights on Local Governance and Community Action – shows the remarkable success…


Added by Sonali Campion on June 28, 2012 at 14:58 — 1 Comment

Illustrating power

See the powerpoints attached for illustrated examples of different types of power and some of the interations between them. The first is a series of fun cartoons while the second outlines the Power Cube approach.


Both are great resources - they can be used to help communicate contrasting forms of power, or as a tool to identify power structures and plan actions accordingly.


You can also find other useful tools and guides on the new Raising Her Voice Resources…


Added by Sonali Campion on June 12, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Women and Girls Empowerment Project (WOGE) launched in Uganda

Article link http://www.ethiopiainvestor.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3242&Itemid=88

WOGE: A Unique Women and Girls Empowerment Initiative

As the world approaches 2015, a critical time to measure the success in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), two…


Added by Pam Inoti on June 11, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

From Participation to Power: Making Women’s Voices Count - RHV presentation overview + video link

RHV presentation delivered May 17th 1-2pm as part of the Governance and Transparency Fund public meeting series: ‘Demanding accountability from the bottom up’: examining what works, what does not work, and why.’


View here: …


Added by Sonali Campion on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 — No Comments

Femicide, anger and struggle: stories of women's activism in Honduras

Painful but powerful real-life experiences of women's activism in central America. Take a look:



Added by Sonali Campion on June 8, 2012 at 10:36 — No Comments

Breathing Life into the African Women’s Protocol - Report from May 3rd Lawyers' Circle event, London

On the 3rd of May 2012 Oxfam and The Lawyer’s circle hosted an evening networking reception as a side event to the International Association of Women Judges Conference. The event was titled “Breathing Life into the African Women’s Protocol” and sought to more widely promote the African Women’s Protocol in the preparation and prosecution of cases.


Caroline Muthoni…


Added by Sonali Campion on May 23, 2012 at 16:19 — No Comments

Raising Her Voice in Liberia

A great poster from Liberia summarising RHV work in Africa

Added by Emily Brown on May 15, 2012 at 12:21 — No Comments

A life-long struggle - Story of a woman who took vocational training as a full- time job in a conservative environment

By Maria Tabassum  In a small room of almost two-century-old Gurdwara Bhai Beasa Singh Sahab, situated in Jogiwara locality of Mohalla Ghazi Abdur…

Added by Asim Malik on May 4, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Statement of support for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for President of World Bank

Humanity stands on the threshold of history…a time that calls for all of us to stand on the right side of history and to make the right decision, not only in our own interest, but in the interest of generations to come.

These are watershed times that we are living in. We are facing, amongst others, a financial, food and fuel crisis. As humanity this is not the first time that we have faced crises of such epic proportions. However, throughout the centuries, the resolution of such…


Added by Sonali Campion on April 4, 2012 at 14:53 — No Comments

Ivory Coast ratify the African Women's Rights Protocol

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in congratulating Cote d' Ivoire for ratifying the the (AU) Protocol on the Rights of Women on the 9th of March 2012!! The Cote d'Ivoire's ratification brings the number of states party to the Protocol to 32 (of a total of 53). A further 14 countries have signed but have yet to deposit the official documents required with the relevent African Union offices.

The government first signed up to the Protocol in February 2004 so a huge congratulations…


Added by Emily Brown on March 16, 2012 at 15:43 — No Comments

National Femicide Campaign Page - Honduras

For all spanish speaking readers....this from our Raising Her Voice partners in Honduras. http://www.facebook.com/ContraFemicidios?ref=ts

Please note this campaign is…


Added by Emily Brown on March 16, 2012 at 14:15 — No Comments

Congratulations to Pakistan!!

Shed a tear, especially men. Pakistani woman does the country proud. AGAIN. This time at the world's biggest stage. The irrepressible spirit of this woman lives on through Oscar-winning Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's magnificent work. Bless her for making a  profound accepting…


Added by Asim Malik on February 27, 2012 at 5:30 — 1 Comment

Senate approves bill against domestic violence for ICT

In a historic move, the Senate unanimously approved the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2012 for Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The bill criminalises any act of violence perpetrated in the private domain. Interestingly, a comprehensive legislation on the same issue lapsed in the Senate in 2009. The Domestic Violence Bill was first passed unanimously by the National Assembly on August 4, 2009 but it lapsed after the Senate failed to pass it within three months, the…


Added by Asim Malik on February 21, 2012 at 8:50 — 2 Comments

RHV urges MPAs to enact law on domestic violence

KARACHL Feb 9: Speakers at a seminar on Thursday urged the Sindh Assembly to formulate legislation relating to domestic violence soon so that women and children could be given due protection.

Passing a resolution with consensus at the seminar held under the banner of Raising Her Voice (RHV) on the Sindh Domestic Violence Bill organised by the Aurat Foundation, they said that after the 18th constitutional amendment the enactment of this law had devolved to the provincial domain and…


Added by Asim Malik on February 10, 2012 at 7:54 — No Comments

3rd Nigerian state progresses comprehensive gender equality legislation

'The Raising Her Voice model law, the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill has passed through its first reading on the 26th of January 2012 in Nigeria's Kogi state HOA. Kogi state joins Imo (Imo has already passed the Bill) and Anambra (awaiting signature of the Governor) in their progressive step in promoting the rights of women through the GEO Bill. The Bill is sponsored by Hon Yakubu Yinusa (Majority leader) and Hon Abdullah Bello (co-sponsor) 

While celebrating this milestone and…

Added by Emily Brown on January 27, 2012 at 12:14 — No Comments

RHV partner statement condemning the public stripping of women in Malawi

A powerful statement of support for Malawi's women from RHV's Pan African partner the Solidarity of African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition:

'The 39 members of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition based in 18 African countries vehemently condemn the stripping of women wearing trousers and short skirts by male vendors in three major cities in Malawi namely Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre.

Women’s rights in Malawi are guaranteed in the Universal…


Added by Emily Brown on January 26, 2012 at 14:48 — No Comments

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