The Prevention Collaborative is a group of longtime practitioners and researchers who came together to better connect local and global knowledge to prevent violence against women and their children. We wanted to create a new type of organisation—one that is values driven, virtual, and agile—where individuals could pursue their passion and bring their whole selves to work, unconstrained by the institutional rules that regulate most organisations.
WHAT UNITES US IS OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE AND MAKING THE WORLD SAFER AND MORE EMPOWERING FOR WOMEN AND FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
The Collaborative’s current focus is on reducing violence against women and their children, with an emphasis on preventing intimate partner violence and children experiencing harsh discipline in the home. As our capacity as an organisation grows, we will expand our work to include other types of violence.
The Prevention Collaborative strengthens the capacity of key actors to design, deliver, and advocate for cutting-edge prevention programmes informed by research-based evidence, practice-based knowledge, and feminist principles.
We believe that patriarchy, rigid gender norms, and unequal power between individuals are central to understanding violence against women and their children.
We embrace intersectional feminism and recognise that women and gender diverse individuals often face multiple forms of oppression, making them especially vulnerable to violence and abuse.
We aim to serve the wider feminist and anti-violence community.
We strive to remain agile, responsive, and open.
We believe that power should be shared and that success is a collective effort.
We are generous in spirit and respectful as collaborators and co-learners.
We are vibrant and self-reflective, infusing our work with creativity and optimism.
With the international staff on the Prevention Collaborative’s core team, we combine breadth and depth of experience.
Lina is a paediatrician and clinical epidemiologist with over 12 years of experience in health system strengthening, research, policy, and service delivery. She has provided technical advice on designing and implementing projects to ministries of health and local organisations in various African countries. Lina is passionate about fighting for gender equality and addressing social injustice. Her dream is to see a world where women and children are safe, healthy, and happy. She has contributed to international policies, training curricula, and service delivery standards on violence against women and their children and has been involved in the scale-up of response services to over 120 public health facilities in Kenya. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and when not busy fighting for the rights of women and children, Lina can be found travelling, reading, or cooking. She loved reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming, and her favourite dish is the Luo delicacy kuon gi rech.
Kathy is a development specialist focusing on the capacity development of individuals and organisations using an inclusive, participatory approach. A facilitator of both process and learning, in recent years Kathy has focused on feminist, innovative approaches and on strengthening organisational capacity. With over 10 years of managing global virtual teams and organisations, Kathy is a strong believer in inclusive and open management and emphasises communication as a key component of organisational and partnership success. She has worked across a number of sectors, including girls’ education, water and sanitation, local governance, and youth entrepreneurship. Over the past 25 years, Kathy has worked in partnership with NGOs, national and local governments in a number of African countries, and the Government of Canada and its multilateral partners. Kathy is currently based in Ottawa, Canada. When she’s not working, Kathy is an avid reader and is happy to share or receive recommendations on what to read next.
Constanza is a microbiologist, medical doctor, and public health specialist with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women, and violence against children. She has worked as a physician and as a public health practitioner with civil society organisations, international organisations, and government programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently, Constanza has provided strategic technical support to governments across Latin America and the Caribbean. She has worked with the Pan-American Health Organization. Constanza has contributed to the development of regional and global guidance for the health sector response to violence against women and children and for this guidance’s adaptation, uptake, and operationalisation at the national level. Constanza loves reading, dancing, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her young daughter and her dog.
Lori has over 30 years of experience working in the fields of gender equality, violence against women, and women’s sexual and reproductive healthーfirst as an activist practitioner and later as a researcher. She is an internationally recognised expert on the prevention of intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries and played an important role in getting violence against women onto the global health agenda. Lori is passionate about bridging the worlds of research and practice, advocacy and evidence, and local and global knowledge. She loves mentoring young women, listening to podcasts, and contemplating the feminist retreat centre she hopes to create in retirement. In addition to her work with the Collaborative, Lori is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States.
Annie is a Zimbabwean writer, filmmaker, and communications strategist, now working mainly from Portugal and the United Kingdom. She led research uptake for STRIVE, an eight-year consortium on the structural drivers of HIV, at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, providing strategy, mentorship, and multimedia knowledge products. Previously, she headed knowledge and communications for JASS, an international feminist movement-building network; produced 30-plus documentaries and television series; and co-led the editorial department of a new publishing house after Zimbabwe’s independence. Bridging all of her past and current work in film, text, and virtual learning is a passion for stories.
Tania has over 12 years’ experience as a strategic communications expert based in London, United Kingdom. She designs communication plans, media for development projects, and research uptake strategies. Tania has worked on communication and media projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. She always works closely with media and communication partners in country to ensure that projects are context specific and locally owned. With an eye for storytelling, she has lectured on this subject at universities around the United Kingdom as well as commissioned multimedia projects on international development. She has also advised organisations on developing strategies to ensure research uptake. In her spare time, she loves watching films which often inspires her to plot the next adventure.
Lusungu is a Malawian gender specialist with 10 years of programming experience in girls and women’s rights. She has worked with various organisations from grassroots to international organisations, such as ActionAid International, World Education Inc/Bantwana, and Jesuit Refugee Service, designing and leading implementation of girls’ education programmes, school-related gender-based violence, and violence against women programmes. She also has experience in capacity strengthening for small organisations, including women’s rights organisations, and adapting gender-transformative violence against women prevention approaches to different contexts. She led the prevention work for the violence against women and girls prevention and response programme in Malawi (funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office-funded). Lusungu is an unapologetic African feminist and loves reading fiction. She is also a plant mom!
Ruti is a gender and public health specialist with more than a decade of research and programmatic experience on gender equity and violence prevention. She has worked across multiple sectors—including health, education, parenting, and economic empowerment—with a particular focus on developing and evaluating gender-transformative and male-engagement interventions in low- and middle-income countries. In recent years, her work has focused on designing and disseminating research (including programme monitoring and evaluation, in-depth qualitative studies, national surveys, and randomised controlled trials) and on ensuring that research findings and lessons learned are shared broadly, targeted to different audiences, and relevant to both programme development and policy advocacy. She is based in Washington, DC, United States, and enjoys food, travel, good conversations, and chasing after her toddler.
Dominique is a specialist in the prevention of violence against women and girls, with over a decade’s experience working with grassroots organisations, international NGOs, and United Nations agencies. She has worked in diverse low-resource settings across Asia and the Pacific, including humanitarian, conflict-affected, and development contexts. Her work includes providing ongoing technical accompaniment to nontraditional actors working to prevent violence against women and girls, including faith-based organisations, disability rights activists, and organisations working with adolescent girls, as well as service delivery organisations and national governments. All her work emphasises capacity development, local ownership, and sustainability of initiatives while ensuring that violence prevention interventions are aligned with best practice and centre the safety and voices of women and girls. Dominique is based in northern Thailand, loves the mountains, and wishes they were a little closer to the sea.
Lyndsay has over 20 years’ professional experience in research, programme design and evaluation, technical assistance, training and facilitation, and policy advice in international development, including in fragile and conflict-affected contexts in Africa and Asia. For the last 12 years, she has focused on gender equality, gender-based violence, women and girls’ empowerment, and social inclusion. Lyndsay set up and managed the Violence against Women and Girls Helpdesk (funded by the UK Department for International Development) and supported the What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Programme. She has worked with a number of donors, United Nations agencies, NGOs and women’s rights organisations. She is passionate about using participatory approaches and coaching to support others to work for personal and collective well-being and social justice. Lyndsay is currently based in Brighton, United Kingdom, and spends her spare time reading, writing, running, sea swimming, and doing yoga.
Giuliana is a specialist in research uptake with 11 years of experience engaging with researchers and practitioners to translate, disseminate, and use evidence and learning to inform HIV and violence prevention and response programmes. Across the knowledge into action life cycle, she has conducted multi-country qualitative research; developed knowledge products and programmatic guides and training; and used evidence and learning to design and implement violence prevention and response programmes with LGBTQ communities, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and young people. Giuliana has a deep commitment to applying intersectional feminist principles to decolonise knowledge and accelerate the knowledge into action life cycle. Originally from Peru, Giuliana is now based in North Carolina, United States. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and raising chickens.
Ritha has over 10 years’ experience working as a practitioner in the field of violence against women and girls prevention. She is skilled in programming for violence prevention, with a focus on working with couples and engaging men and boys for violence prevention. She also has experience programming for and with adolescent girls from her role as a partnership manager at Girl Effect Rwanda. Working at the Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre, she has contributed (as both a training designer and facilitator) to building capacity for local NGOs on integrating male engagement approaches into their violence against women and girls prevention work. She has played an active role in the design and implementation of the Indashyikirwa programme, which has been proven to reduce violence among intimate partners in Rwanda. Ritha is based in Kigali, Rwanda. She loves cooking and travelling. Coming from a landlocked country, her dream destinations are close to the beach!
Binita has around two decades of experience working as an international development practitioner and is currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has worked in Nepal, Afghanistan, Laos, Cambodia and Yemen. Her expertise includes communication for development, social and behaviour change (SBC) programming, life skills and social norms programming. She led a multi award-winning communication initiative, Saathi Sanga Manka Kura, designed to impart life skills among adolescents in Nepal. This was a revolution in the youth-programming field in Nepal and was acknowledged as an example of best practice globally. In addition, she led the implementation of What Works programmes in Nepal, which is a multi-component SBC intervention combining research and community-based intervention, focusing on targeting harmful social norms that contribute to intimate partner violence. She has also written a number of manuals and curriculums for the prevention of partner violence and women empowerment in Nepal and for preventing child sexual exploitation in Afghanistan as part of Bacha Bazi practice. Binita loves to travel, cook and try different cuisines when she is not working.
Erin has 13 years of experience in qualitative research to inform and evaluate gender and health programmes. She coordinated an impact evaluation of the Indashyikirwa programme in Rwanda and led qualitative evaluation research across the What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls portfolio. She has provided implementation and research support to a range of NGOs and agencies, including the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, the United Nations Development Programme, the Inter-American Development Bank, CARE, Promundo, Oak Foundation, Sonke Gender Justice, and AIDS-Free World. Erin has a PhD in public health from the University of Cape Town and holds honorary positions with the University of Cape Town and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Erin is currently based in Montreal, Canada. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, making music, and embarking on her recent journey of motherhood to raise a feminst son.
The Collaborative supplements its core team with an ever-expanding array of consultants who serve as prevention mentors on specific projects. They are all part of the family!
We work side by side with collaborators—from NGOs to funders to governments—to develop policy, design and adapt programmes, and document learning.
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