By Tapiwa Manyati
From 7-9 September, Sonke’s three delegates, Tim Shand, Desmond Lesejane and Tapiwa Manyati participated in a meeting held by The UN Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund). This three-day workshop in New York was on evidence-based programming, programme design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation for organizations funded by the UN Trust Fund and for UN Women staff members.
Vision of this project
The project’s vision is to create societies within sub-Saharan Africa in which men and boys challenge the culture of silence regarding violence against women and take an active role in working to end this violence, and where violence against women is no longer seen as a women’s issue exclusively; where it is seen rather, and rightly, as a gross human rights violation that concerns and affects everyone.
The overall goal of the project is to advocate for GBV laws and policies in Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, and in regional governance mechanisms, to include language intended to engage men and boys in GBV prevention, and to improve implementation of existing GBV laws and policies.
This project will be run over a period of three years from September 2011 till August 2014.
About UN Trust Fund
Notably, this year marks the UN Trust Fund’s 15th grant cycle. The Fund supports 22 initiatives in 34 countries, providing them with over USD 17.2 million in funding to deliver services that:
- Prevent violence against women and girls,
- Expand the access to services of women and girls affected by violence; and
- Strengthen the implementation of laws, policies and action plans on violence against women and girls.
The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is uniquely placed to make significant contributions to the global knowledge base as a leading UN grant-making mechanism for supporting national, regional and international actions on ending violence against women.
Overall objectives of this workshop were:
i. For partners to gain a global overview of evidence informed programming and best practices on the intersection of violence against women (VAW) and HIV and AIDS.
ii. To bring the partners together to gain a greater understanding of their programmes and to ascertain how their evidence-informed approaches can be strengthened;
iii. To understand the methodology and theory of change of each programme;
iv. To provide an opportunity for our partners to learn from and connect with professionals in the area of violence against women and HIV and AIDS and experts in monitoring and evaluation to facilitate learning of proven methodologies in this thematic area;
v. To develop a plan to revise programme design, workplan, log frame, and monitoring and evaluation framework, where necessary, based on the information gained at the workshop.
This meeting also included other 2011 UN Trust Fund grantees spearheading cutting-edge approaches worldwide as follows:
1. Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service working in Malawi and Lesotho
2. Liverpool Care and Treatment focusing on Kenya
3. Sonke Gender Justice Network to implement activities in Kenya, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone
4. Grassroot Soccer Initiative to work in South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
5. Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health to work in Ukraine
6. Karnataka Health Promotion Trust in India
7. AIDS Legal Network to work in South Africa
8. Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS to implement activities in Malawi