Commitment to Quality
As a charity we have worked for over 24 years to support women and children experiencing domestic violence. Over the years we have learnt to comprehend the depth and complexity in the needs of both women and their children, and so our domestic violence team have built up knowledge over the years regarding the dynamics of domestic violence and women’s broader experiences of gender based violence.
As an organisation we are committed to carrying the needs of our individuals at the centre of our programmes, and it is from these needs that we base our every decision. A way we meet the needs of our women is through our commitment to the five mifumi values:
- We believe in Women and Children’s experience of Abuse
- We Prioritise Women and Children’s Safety and Confidentiality
- We support empowerment and self-help so women can regain control of their lives
- We Challenge Discrimination and Promote Equal Opportunities
- We Encourage and Promote Staff Team Spirit and Personal Growth
Another way we ensure our commitment to quality is through our reflective process of gaining feedback from the survivors using our survivor tracking form.
At MIFUMI it is important to us to:
- Adopt a woman centred approach which makes it essential that staff understand women’s rights and also ensures the activities are well targeted with primary accountability to women and girls. It also means that the best interest of women and girls are safeguarded, their participation assured, and their confidence built throughout the process of accessing justice. In line with this, MIFUMI works to create community “champions” from among the women supported together with supportive individuals in the community to build a “safety net” around survivors.
- Apply the community based approach which involves community wide engagement to make the work “home grown”, thereby building local ownership and making the community members the “best friends” and “critiques” of the initiative.
- Build strategic partnerships and alliances to increase access to services and counter impunity. This involves working more closely with individuals and duty bearers with a good conscience and with key protection agencies which include justice delivery agencies such as the police and courts, as well as the local government agencies both technical and political, as well as Civil Society groups. Strategic partnerships will be strengthened through joint meetings, cross referrals, and joint monitoring, case reviews and protection committee meetings, sharing information and budgets and also through conducting joint outreaches. There will be a need to influence law and policy makers to adopt the Tororo Bridal Gifts Ordinance in 2 new districts and operationalize the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court (2015) in the MIFUMI case on bride price.
- We believe justice to one person is as important as justice to the general community. For this reason MIFUMI has successfully adopted the handholding of survivors going through support services, as the best way to build confidence and empower the individual woman, and the best way to spot and promote talented community volunteers turning them into “champions”.
- Bring about Innovative changes: MIFUMI would like to scale the multimedia communication and advocacy on bride price and polygamy to effect change of attitude on a wider scale. To this end, information stored in the electronic M&E system will be channelled to influence public opinion through a multimedia approach. Stakeholders for this innovation will include the media houses that will air DV programmes and messages for public education and IT companies who will support the integration of the electronic system.
Effective, Innovative and Unique Project Characteristics
MIFUMI has championed and pioneered innovative approaches to ending violence against women, as described below.
Surfacing underlying causes of VAWG and enabling the community to make the connections, such as bride price and strategic litigation on identified drivers of violence to pronounce them unconstitutional. The campaign on bride-price was bold and forced communities to deal with the issue of VAWG.
MIFUMI pioneered the set-up of formal Shelters for survivors of VAWG in Uganda, and linked to that, the safety nets/ ‘sheltering’ at the community level by women in the community, also taken on by a few committed leaders.
The advice centre (AC) model at the sub county level that sensitised about, dealt with and referred cases of violence; supported by champions of women’s rights, eager to come to the rescue of those suffering violence and GSM in leadership positions to support them, encouraged action against VAWG in an inexpensive way.
An integrated and holistic approach and response to VAWG through amplifying voice, empowerment of women, focus on survivors (survivor centred), eliminating stigma and transforming the status and perceptions of/about the survivor in the community/ nurturing leadership and economic empowerment; adapting pathways to the needs and conditions of the survivor, while providing opportunity for perpetrators where possible, to redeem themselves.
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.
Response to and follow up of cases of injustice and using numbers to highlight these cases, while working with the referral mechanism.