Strengthening women's voice: Evidence-based advocacy from the grassroots to the global

Findings and lessons learned from the Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative

This short policy brief summarises the main lessons learned from a project implemented by CARE and its partners in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC from 2009 to 2013, which aimed to contribute to the increased protection of women and girls against gender-based violence in the region.

The Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative used a model of linking grassroots advocacy to sub-national, national, regional and global levels, based on the premise that greater participation of women in decision-making will strengthen civil society, promote gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights, and at the same time help to address underlying causes of gender-based violence. The report demonstrates the effectiveness of the model, outlines some challenges, and makes recommendations for development actors and governments to ensure these lessons are learned and built upon.

  • Countries: Burundi, Congo, Rwanda, Uganda
  • Published: June 2014

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