Advocacy

Key pathways and strategies

Mifumi uses The Theory of Change and its six key pathways to tackle domestic violence and recognises that actions against domestic violence is required simultaneously at all levels of pathways for a significant and sustainable impact to occur. Through this process women and girls have to remain at the centre of all action. For Mifumi, the key pathways to change include supporting and protecting women through women-centred services lobbying district leaders and bringing about legislative change. Furthermore at Mifumi we believe these local efforts have to be linked to national, regional and international action to address the global problem of violence against women.

Legislative Change

The Theory of Change recognises that the state has a critical role to play in tackling violence against women and girls through the development and implementation of legislation and policy. Developing a positive legal and policy framework is a necessary first step but this also must be accompanied by well-resourced support structures to ensure effective implementation.

Starting a Societal Conversation

To change attitudes and social norms, raising awareness about violence against women and girls so that it is brought into the public domain, enabling conversations to take place at all levels of society, is key to addressing VAWG and the attitudes that underpin it.  Since VAWG is deeply rooted and normalised within families and communities, a societal conversation has to happen at multiple levels and through multiple avenues to create awareness of its negative effects to win people over so that they themselves engage in efforts to end VAWG.        

To change attitudes and social norms, raising awareness about violence against women and girls so that it is brought into the public domain, enabling conversations to take place at all levels of society, is key to addressing VAWG and the attitudes that underpin it.  Since VAWG is deeply rooted and normalised within families and communities, a societal conversation has to happen at multiple levels and through multiple avenues to create awareness of its negative effects to win people over so that they themselves engage in efforts to end VAWG.        

Lobbying District Leaders

Local political, community and religious leaders are all key stakeholders with a potential role in dealing with violence against women and girls. They are often the first point of call for survivors. That such leaders are sensitised to the issue of violence against women and girls is a necessary prerequisite to positive responses to survivors.   

MIFUMI work focuses on building a women’s social movement concerned with and addressing the issue of VAWG and rights, with the knowledge, awareness, skills, intent and courage to take action at the community level, and support women to access justice, while building their livelihood base and economic empowerment. Using the space of the VSLAs and cooperatives to provide encouragement, support and nurture to survivors, while taking an accommodative stand to support those suffering other forms of social injustice. This integrated economic and social assets building approach enabled survivors gain their dignity and influenced the communities.