The Collaborative aims to contribute to a new narrative and advocacy platform to inspire action and increase commitment to preventing violence against women.
Our Advocacy Agenda
The Collaborative aims to shape a new narrative to inspire action and increase commitment to preventing violence against women and children.
Our collectively defined advocacy agenda aims to challenge key constraints in the prevention field and motivate more actors to get involved. We advocate donors, governments and others to eliminate the structural and political barriers that limit the effectiveness of prevention-related programmes and movements.
Throughout the year, the Prevention Collaborative is present at key meetings, conferences and processes to engage with key actors in the prevention field. We spread our advocacy messages through diverse platforms to call for change, and make progress towards violence prevention.
Our strategy is underpinned by our analysis of the violence prevention field, including the achievements and strengths of the field as well as the structural challenges, both external and internal, that encumber progress. Our analysis and vision is summarised in our background paper “A call to Re-imagine Prevention”.
1. Violence Against Women and Children is preventable
We now know that violence against women and children can be reduced in years not generations. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without addressing this violence. Addressing violence against women and children will contribute to achieving multiple development outcomes, including better health, education, and civic participation.
2. Fund women’s organisations and women’s movements, particularly those working on violence prevention.
Empirical analysis suggests that the presence of autonomous women’s movements is the main driver of progressive government action on violence against women. However, there has been a withdrawal of funding for women’s organisations and for the political organising and social mobilisation they do. Prevention is political and change requires activism.
3. Effective prevention is evidence informed and grounded in local realities and processes.
Preventing and responding to violence against women is still a relatively new field. We have much to learn, and must create space for experimentation and innovation. Localise and innovate, avoid simply replicating existing models.
4. Diverse forms of knowledge must inform the evidence base.
To continue to advance the field, we need to embrace diverse forms of knowledge – numerical, narrative, stories – and in particular, elevate practice-based learning along research evidence.