Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: International Violence Against Women 2011

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“Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace.” Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General.
“Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace.” Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General.

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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Amnesty International (2 recommendations) They have a global reach of their campaigns. They also have an ability to prompt policymakers to pay attention and take action on their campaigns.
Amnesty International
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http://www.amnestyusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a global reach of their campaigns. They also have an ability to prompt policymakers to pay attention and take action on their campaigns.
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Amnesty has worked tirelessly to reduce violence and support the rights of women around the world.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their member driven campaigning ensures their work is truly driven from the ground. They also consistently adhere to core principles.
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They have a large staff and global reach.
FIDA Uganda (2 recommendations) They provide essential awareness-raising, legal assistance and advocacy in Africa on issues of gender based violence. They have provided the advocacy for many of the laws on the books toward punishing perpetrators of violence and seek to implement those laws on the ground through legal assistance.
FIDA Uganda

http://www.fidauganda.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They provide essential awareness-raising, legal assistance and advocacy in Africa on issues of gender based violence. They have provided the advocacy for many of the laws on the books toward punishing perpetrators of violence and seek to implement those laws on the ground through legal assistance.

Organizational Strengths

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Many lawyers are volunteers; thus, they can leverage resources well. They have regional experience across country contexts in Africa, so they are able to translate experiences across geographies.
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Their strengths are their operations, leadership and finances. The group is very focused on women and violence issues and engaged with victim protection in the field and prevention issues at the legislative level.

Areas for Improvement

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They have reputation in some country contexts as "man-hating". They can improve on their ability to work more strategically. For example they often have to "put out fires" which can impede some progressive work.
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They can improve on their transparency, and accounting of donor funds.
MenEngage (2 recommendations) MenEngage is effectively obtaining the engagement of men and boys in the fight to end violence against women and girls. Their campaigns are effective at portraying violence against women as "uncool" and cowardly, rather than hip and manly. The are also impactful because of their broad, global reach.
MenEngage

http://www.menengage.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
MenEngage is effectively obtaining the engagement of men and boys in the fight to end violence against women and girls. Their campaigns are effective at portraying violence against women as "uncool" and cowardly, rather than hip and manly. The are also impactful because of their broad, global reach.

Organizational Strengths

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Because Men Engage is an alliance of NGOs from around the world who are all working to engage men and boys in creating gender equity and ending violence against women. This organization has excellent, diverse leaders. The staff is small, so costs are low.

Areas for Improvement

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They can increase their network to include other organizations as part of the alliance.
Puntos de Encuentro (2 recommendations) I have followed their work for years and seen the impact of their strategies in Nicaragua on addressing issues of violence against women as well as related issues. The work is now regional.
Puntos de Encuentro

http://www.puntos.org.ni/

Evidence of Impact

N
I have followed their work for years and seen the impact of their strategies in Nicaragua on addressing issues of violence against women as well as related issues. The work is now regional.
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Their impact is their use of innovative media strategies and their ability to do so across countries in Central America. They also have strong impact evaluation studies.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have developed excellent local leadership and also developed the capacity of Nicaragua in the field of media which did not exist before.
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Their strengths are their leadership, high quality research, and good marketing of their results.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to explore different models for financial sustainability.
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They need more English-speaking senior staff who can talk about their work outside the region at global events.
Tostan (2 recommendations) This recommendation is based on their results in Senegal communities stopping FGM.
Tostan
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http://www.tostan.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This recommendation is based on their results in Senegal communities stopping FGM.
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This recommendation is specifically based on the impressive progress Tostan has made in West Africa in terms of inspiring and enabling communities to abandon female genital mutilation/cutting. Since 1997, when the first village declared its abandonment, over 6,200 villages have joined it in pledging to abandon FGC along with early forced marriage. Tostan has worked with over 200,000 individuals directly and had an impact on the lives of 2 million in total, which for the scale of the operation and the costs of its community empowerment programme, is really an enormous impact. Communities who have participated in the 3 year Tostan programme pledge to give up FGC, and they do - evaluations by Unicef and UNFPA agree that Tostan's model of social transformation works. As a holistic programme, it achieves so much more aside from ending FGC, meaning Tostan's impacts across the board are huge.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership understands how to work with local communities.
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They have very strong leadership in the form of Molly Melching, Founder of Tostan. 99% of their staff in the field are African, which ensures authenticity and credibility with communities.

Areas for Improvement

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Tostan's communications and marketing could be stronger. It is an organisation making a huge impact and they could do with improving their communications and marketing in order to better reflect this and the positive change Tostan is fostering in West Africa. Monitoring and Evaluation could also be strengthened, but this is an area Tostan is known to be investing in.
Women Thrive Worldwide (2 recommendations) Women Thrive has done amazingly effective work in influencing the current administration in Washington to include gender issues in all of its decision making rather than just focusing on specific time-limited programs. Its work will leverage millions of dollars in support for work to end GBV.
Women Thrive Worldwide
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http://www.womenthrive.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Women Thrive has done amazingly effective work in influencing the current administration in Washington to include gender issues in all of its decision making rather than just focusing on specific time-limited programs. Its work will leverage millions of dollars in support for work to end GBV.
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Women Thrive Worldwide has been leading the charge on Capitol Hill to get the International Violence Against Women Act passed by Congress.

Organizational Strengths

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Executive director, Ritu Sharma, is a charismatic, hardworking leader. The board of directors is fully committed and working hard on the mission of the organization.
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Women Thrive Worldwide has great leadership and a strong staff that knows how to work in a nonpartisan fashion in Washington to make sure that ending gender based violence remains a strong US policy objective.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their fundraising.
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Women Thrive Worldwide could reach out more beyond the Beltway to educate more stakeholders.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) (2 recommendations) They are advocating for just peace with a special focus on violence against women in war. Most of their impact is on the advocacy level.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

http://www.wilpfinternational.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are advocating for just peace with a special focus on violence against women in war. Most of their impact is on the advocacy level.
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They work to ensure U.S. compliance and full domestic and international human rights instruments through advocacy at the international, national and local levels of government.

Organizational Strengths

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They are running the best website on women peace and war. They also provide cross analyses.
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They have a large reach and new focus on identifying what security means to individuals around the world. They have a continued focus on violence against women.

Areas for Improvement

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They have a weak leadership.
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WILPF would benefit from better website design.
World Health Organization (WHO) (2 recommendations) Although WHO is not strictly speaking a non-profit (it is a multilateral organization), its importance cannot be overestimated. WHO's guidelines, research and models of care are highly regarded and readily adopted by Ministries of Health across the globe, making it a leading voice in the field.
World Health Organization (WHO)

http://www.who.int/en/

Evidence of Impact

R
Although WHO is not strictly speaking a non-profit (it is a multilateral organization), its importance cannot be overestimated. WHO's guidelines, research and models of care are highly regarded and readily adopted by Ministries of Health across the globe, making it a leading voice in the field.

Organizational Strengths

R
WHO, specifically, Dr. Claudia Garcia-Moreno, was instrumental in raising awareness of violence against women as a health issue. They were responsible for the first multi-country study in the area, and was a pioneer in raising the possible connection between violence against women and HIV, etc. Because WHO is led by and responds to Governments and Ministries of Health, they are in a position to have a much wider reach than other international non-profits.

Areas for Improvement

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As most large multi-laterals, WHO could benefit from streamlining their bureaucracy.
ABAAD Resource Center for Gender Equality (1 recommendation) ABAAD is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious civil association that aims to promote sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region through equality, protection and empowerment of marginalized groups, especially women. ABAAD comprises a dynamic pool of resources, human rights activists, lawyers, consultants, social workers and researchers that are all dedicated towards achieving gender equality and women empowerment.
ABAAD Resource Center for Gender Equality

http://www.abaadmena.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
ABAAD is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious civil association that aims to promote sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region through equality, protection and empowerment of marginalized groups, especially women. ABAAD comprises a dynamic pool of resources, human rights activists, lawyers, consultants, social workers and researchers that are all dedicated towards achieving gender equality and women empowerment.
AEquitas - The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women (1 recommendation) AEquitas is extremely effectively at getting local criminal justice officials to implement existing laws. Participants who attend their training courses actually return to their jobs and begin to enforce laws, investigate cases, and hold perpetrators of violence against women accountable for their crimes. They also conduct extensive follow up and technical assistance to ensure participants utilize the training they received. AEquitas is extremely effective at training local criminal justice professionals both HOW to hold perpetrators of violence against women accountable, but also WHY they should do so. Their trainings include an emphasis on collaboration between members of the criminal justice system and local NGO service providers to ensure that offenders are held accountable AND that the rights of victims are protected.
AEquitas - The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women

http://www.aequitasresource.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
AEquitas is extremely effectively at getting local criminal justice officials to implement existing laws. Participants who attend their training courses actually return to their jobs and begin to enforce laws, investigate cases, and hold perpetrators of violence against women accountable for their crimes. They also conduct extensive follow up and technical assistance to ensure participants utilize the training they received. AEquitas is extremely effective at training local criminal justice professionals both HOW to hold perpetrators of violence against women accountable, but also WHY they should do so. Their trainings include an emphasis on collaboration between members of the criminal justice system and local NGO service providers to ensure that offenders are held accountable AND that the rights of victims are protected.

Organizational Strengths

N
All AEquitas staff are experienced former prosecutors, judges, police officers, and direct service providers. These are not people who have simply thought, written, or studied about violence against women - these are people who have true knowledge and true credibility. Additionally, they provide their services at a very reasonable price and provide excellent services at a low price.

Areas for Improvement

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AEquitas needs more staff members in order keep up with their workload.
ATHENA Network (Advancing Gender Equity and Human Rights in the Global Response to HIV/AIDS) (1 recommendation) They have a significant and consistent ability to influence UN agenda on gender based violence, women, girls and HIV and AIDS, especially though the involvement and leadership development of women living with HIV and AIDS.
ATHENA Network (Advancing Gender Equity and Human Rights in the Global Response to HIV/AIDS)

http://www.athenanetwork.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a significant and consistent ability to influence UN agenda on gender based violence, women, girls and HIV and AIDS, especially though the involvement and leadership development of women living with HIV and AIDS.
Afghan Women's Network (AWN) (1 recommendation)
Afghan Women's Network (AWN)

http://www.afghanwomennetwork.af/
African Women's Development Fund (AWFD) (1 recommendation) They have funded and built the capacity of numerous women's rights organizations across the continent, including those working on domestic violence and sexual violence issues.
African Women's Development Fund (AWFD)

http://www.awdf.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have funded and built the capacity of numerous women's rights organizations across the continent, including those working on domestic violence and sexual violence issues.

Organizational Strengths

R
does not only look at issues in a legalistic way, but also at the social and economic aspect- victims of violence have been supported through well placed funds in women's rights organisations
African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) (1 recommendation) They have increased recognition of women's rights and the link between violence and high incidence of maternal mortality. FEMNET politically engaged with heads of states to advocate for political commitment to women's rights at the last African Union Meeting in July 2010 in Uganda, which focused on maternal mortality issues in Africa.
African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

http://www.femnet.or.ke/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have increased recognition of women's rights and the link between violence and high incidence of maternal mortality. FEMNET politically engaged with heads of states to advocate for political commitment to women's rights at the last African Union Meeting in July 2010 in Uganda, which focused on maternal mortality issues in Africa.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong leadership both at the Secretariat and the Board Level. They also have the ability to work across Africa- both in franco phone and anglo phone countries.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to streamline board governance and secretariat roles for a more streamlined effect. They need to be more strategic and produce an annual report on the status of women's rights in Africa. No one is producing such a report.
Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) (1 recommendation) They built a strong constituency of African Women Leadership across the continent- with numerous Women working in NGOs working against domestic violence. In partnership with coalitions such as SOAWR, they have contributed to the increased ratification of the Maputo Protocol in Africa. They have had a positive impact on engaging agencies working on sexual violence and reproductive health rights in Africa including rights of minority groups including sex workers and LGBT.
Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

http://www.akinamamawaafrika.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They built a strong constituency of African Women Leadership across the continent- with numerous Women working in NGOs working against domestic violence. In partnership with coalitions such as SOAWR, they have contributed to the increased ratification of the Maputo Protocol in Africa. They have had a positive impact on engaging agencies working on sexual violence and reproductive health rights in Africa including rights of minority groups including sex workers and LGBT.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong leadership.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to streamline governance for board and secretariat to minimize high turnover of senior staff.
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) (1 recommendation) They have provided decades of support to women in need from an empowerment approach. They have the ability to identify areas of need for women in places that others do not think of or do not go. i.e., Iran and inner city Newark.
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
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http://afsc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have provided decades of support to women in need from an empowerment approach. They have the ability to identify areas of need for women in places that others do not think of or do not go. i.e., Iran and inner city Newark.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have complete dedication to justice and an uncompromising effort to find peace in all people.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could be better at highlighting successes and demonstrating impact.
Aminatare (1 recommendation) Aminatare is another network of Africa-based organizations working on violence against women.
Aminatare

Evidence of Impact

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Aminatare is another network of Africa-based organizations working on violence against women.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have a wide network. They combine research and advocacy.

Areas for Improvement

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They work with African countries where French or Arabic is the official language.
Association for Progressive Communications (1 recommendation) We have seen APC work on the ground and have also been a country partner for one of their project on gender based violence. APC's work has reached more than 3000 women and stakeholders in Congo and DRC.
Association for Progressive Communications

http://www.apc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
We have seen APC work on the ground and have also been a country partner for one of their project on gender based violence. APC's work has reached more than 3000 women and stakeholders in Congo and DRC.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff is well equipped, has the skills and they use ICTs in an innovative way.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could require language skills in French for staff to be able to work in Francophone countries in Africa.
Avon Global Center for Women and Justice (1 recommendation) Their strengths are their finances, leadership, and operations.
Avon Global Center for Women and Justice

http://ww2.lawschool.cornell.edu/womenandjustice/

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their finances, leadership, and operations.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can provide more opportunities to put their people into the field.
Breakthrough (1 recommendation) I am making this based on evidence I have seen on their Bell Bajao Campaign in particular which has been their broadest and deepest campaign to-date. The Bell Bajao Campaign has been viewed by tens of millions in India and has helped to change the conversations on domestic violence in India with particular reference to the roles that men can play in stopping domestic violence. Men are given the information and tools they need to intervene in situations of domestic violence. Attitudes also towards women with HIV AIDS who are particular targets of domestic violence are also highlighted and undergoing changes (according to evaluations that have been undertaken), making it no longer acceptable to throw out a woman with HIV from her marital home.
Breakthrough
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http://www.breakthrough.tv/

Evidence of Impact

F
I am making this based on evidence I have seen on their Bell Bajao Campaign in particular which has been their broadest and deepest campaign to-date. The Bell Bajao Campaign has been viewed by tens of millions in India and has helped to change the conversations on domestic violence in India with particular reference to the roles that men can play in stopping domestic violence. Men are given the information and tools they need to intervene in situations of domestic violence. Attitudes also towards women with HIV AIDS who are particular targets of domestic violence are also highlighted and undergoing changes (according to evaluations that have been undertaken), making it no longer acceptable to throw out a woman with HIV from her marital home.

Organizational Strengths

F
I think the leadership and staff of this organization are very strong in their ability to use mainstream media to bring attention to issues of issues such as domestic violence, and HIV in the context of interrogating gender discrimination using a human rights framework. I find the way in which they simultaneously use mainstream media with on the ground, deep grass-roots organizing very unique and powerful to achieve more long lasting social change.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization could do with greater staff resources to be able to undergo and sustain the work they are doing. Sometimes there are just not the staff resources for the magnitude of the task. This staff capacity has reduced the potential to truly take this model global.
Breakthrough (1 recommendation) Breakthrough's Bell Bajao campaign is innovative and involves men and bystander as part of the solution for violence against women.
Breakthrough
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http://www.breakthrough.tv/

Evidence of Impact

O
Breakthrough's Bell Bajao campaign is innovative and involves men and bystander as part of the solution for violence against women.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their ability to do fundraising is amazing and their leadership has a clear focus.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to link up solution to violence against women beyond campaign and training. They need to facilitate better services for survivors of violence.
CARE (1 recommendation)
CARE (1 recommendation) CARE is another example of an international organization making impact on violence against women. They are also result oriented, looking at root causes of problems and acknowledge the need to focus centrally on women to address issues of inequality. They don't do band aid work.
CARE
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http://www.care.org/

Evidence of Impact

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CARE is another example of an international organization making impact on violence against women. They are also result oriented, looking at root causes of problems and acknowledge the need to focus centrally on women to address issues of inequality. They don't do band aid work.
Cambodian League for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (LICADHO) (1 recommendation) They are able to move human rights issues, especially issues of gender violence (i.e. acid attack violence), forward in a country where rights-based advocacy is difficult and violence against women is common and complex.
Cambodian League for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (LICADHO)

http://www.licadho-cambodia.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are able to move human rights issues, especially issues of gender violence (i.e. acid attack violence), forward in a country where rights-based advocacy is difficult and violence against women is common and complex.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have great leadership, is transparent and accountable.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are short-staffed. They can also improve communication with international partners.
Centre for Health and Social Justice (1 recommendation) They have an impressive ability to promote focus on structural issues contributing to violence against women, including strong work on engaging men and boys.
Centre for Health and Social Justice

http://www.chsj.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have an impressive ability to promote focus on structural issues contributing to violence against women, including strong work on engaging men and boys.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong and inclusive leadership, and strong commitment to participatory methodologies.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) (1 recommendation) They have a very strong discourse and analyses that have helped and strengthen the discourse of many women's organisations on the ground.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
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http://www.catwinternational.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a very strong discourse and analyses that have helped and strengthen the discourse of many women's organisations on the ground.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are analytical and political, and have a strong leadership.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to be better equipped for the next phase of leadership.
Corporacion Humanas (1 recommendation) I have worked directly with Corporación Humanas. The Urgent Action Fund of Latin America for Women´s Humnan Rights has supported them with several small projects over the years. Women from Corporación Humanas is in different countries and have provided advice and information for our due diligence processes when approving Rapid Response Grants.
Corporacion Humanas

http://www.humanas.cl/

Evidence of Impact

N
I have worked directly with Corporación Humanas. The Urgent Action Fund of Latin America for Women´s Humnan Rights has supported them with several small projects over the years. Women from Corporación Humanas is in different countries and have provided advice and information for our due diligence processes when approving Rapid Response Grants.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are especially strong in research and publications. They form networks with other women´s organizations to increase their advocacy impact.
DEMUS (1 recommendation)
Ecumenical Women’s Initiative (1 recommendation) Founded in 2007, the Ecumenical Women’s Initiative “supports women as initiators and agents of change in faith communities and in society by supporting and connecting individuals and groups working in gender equality, peace building and reconciliation, and ecumenical and inter-religious cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosova, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia”. EWI strives for a just and peaceful society in which diversity is a strength and source of creativity, in which women have a dignified place and role in private and public life, in harmony with their competence and personal choice, and in which religion promotes and supports the achievements of full equality between women and men. The group encourages the formation of grassroots women’s groups, raises the capacity of new women’s groups, identifies promising initiatives and supports them with small grants, and builds connections and informal networks of organizations with similar visions and experiences throughout the region.
Ecumenical Women’s Initiative

Evidence of Impact

N
Founded in 2007, the Ecumenical Women’s Initiative “supports women as initiators and agents of change in faith communities and in society by supporting and connecting individuals and groups working in gender equality, peace building and reconciliation, and ecumenical and inter-religious cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosova, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia”. EWI strives for a just and peaceful society in which diversity is a strength and source of creativity, in which women have a dignified place and role in private and public life, in harmony with their competence and personal choice, and in which religion promotes and supports the achievements of full equality between women and men. The group encourages the formation of grassroots women’s groups, raises the capacity of new women’s groups, identifies promising initiatives and supports them with small grants, and builds connections and informal networks of organizations with similar visions and experiences throughout the region.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a groundbreaking fantastic approach to cross ethnic cross religious dialogue in post conflicts societies!

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more funding!
FOKUPERS (Forum Komunikasi Perempuan Timor Lorosa'e) (1 recommendation) Fokupers run the only shelter for women in Timor-Leste. The programme has been run according to ethnical standards and principles and has provided refuge for many women fleeing violence. They have also advocated for domestic violence law and prove leadership on issues of violence against women nationally. They were the first to name the violence that women were experiencing as a result of the conflict in Timor-Leste and successfully moved to providing services for endemic violence after conflict. They have had a huge impact in getting violence of women recognised and getting support to this issue at national levels.
FOKUPERS (Forum Komunikasi Perempuan Timor Lorosa'e)

Evidence of Impact

R
Fokupers run the only shelter for women in Timor-Leste. The programme has been run according to ethnical standards and principles and has provided refuge for many women fleeing violence. They have also advocated for domestic violence law and prove leadership on issues of violence against women nationally. They were the first to name the violence that women were experiencing as a result of the conflict in Timor-Leste and successfully moved to providing services for endemic violence after conflict. They have had a huge impact in getting violence of women recognised and getting support to this issue at national levels.

Organizational Strengths

R
The organisation is run and led by Timorese women and manages to combine provision of services with advocacy very well. They operate on a small budget but does not compromise the quality of services to women.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to secure longer term funding so that the programme can be deepened in breadth and scope and perhaps develop regional initiatives on the same model at local levels.
Futures Without Violence (1 recommendation) Futures without Violence has done good work on the International Violence Against Women Act.
Futures Without Violence
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http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Futures without Violence has done good work on the International Violence Against Women Act.

Organizational Strengths

F
Kiersten Steward, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, has done a great job of lobbying on the legislation.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization's focus on both domestic and international gender based violence which often have very different solutions, can sometimes split their energies.
Futures Without Violence (1 recommendation) They have sponsored legislation, coordinated partnerships, sponsored local, regional and national programs, and been involved in public communication campaigns.
Futures Without Violence
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http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have sponsored legislation, coordinated partnerships, sponsored local, regional and national programs, and been involved in public communication campaigns.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership, staffing, and financial stability. They are an exemplary organization.
GBV Prevention Network (1 recommendation) Yes this organization is making impact in prevention of violence against women in the east, south and horn of Africa. It has impacted the lives of many people in Africa.
GBV Prevention Network

http://www.preventgbvafrica.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Yes this organization is making impact in prevention of violence against women in the east, south and horn of Africa. It has impacted the lives of many people in Africa.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are a champion in networking, and in developing communication materials in gender based violence prevention.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to improve on strengthening the capacities of their members.
Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre) (1 recommendation)
Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre)

http://www.gendercentreghana.org/
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) (1 recommendation) It works with sister network CSOs in countries affected by conflict and helps develop grassroots women's capacities in these countries - via the networks - to monitor the impact of conflict on women and girls and to provide solutions to policy makers for redressal.
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)

http://www.gnwp.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
It works with sister network CSOs in countries affected by conflict and helps develop grassroots women's capacities in these countries - via the networks - to monitor the impact of conflict on women and girls and to provide solutions to policy makers for redressal.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have good leadership, vision, committed staff and large networks.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can certainly have more impact with a larger staff base.
International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) (1 recommendation) The most important thing in this respect is training and workshop with women in developing world. Violence against women is one of their principle areas of training. They're based in Washington.
International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

http://www.icanpeacework.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The most important thing in this respect is training and workshop with women in developing world. Violence against women is one of their principle areas of training. They're based in Washington.
International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI) (1 recommendation) FIMI works as a global network that brings together indigenous women leaders in order to strengthen capacity building, coordinate agendas, and strengthen indigenous women's networks by increasing participation, visibility and capacity at the international level.
International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI)

http://www.fimi-iiwf.org/en

Evidence of Impact

O
FIMI works as a global network that brings together indigenous women leaders in order to strengthen capacity building, coordinate agendas, and strengthen indigenous women's networks by increasing participation, visibility and capacity at the international level.

Organizational Strengths

O
FIMI has been able to articulate indigenous women's networks at a regional, national and local level by respecting their own priorities and timing.

Areas for Improvement

O
They can improve the articulation between different regions and networks at different levels.
International Justice Mission (IJM) (1 recommendation) Their model of working with the local criminal justice officials ensures that the changes are sustainable. They are also very impactful because the cases they work on are more likely to successfully get through the criminal justice system.
International Justice Mission (IJM)
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http://www.ijm.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their model of working with the local criminal justice officials ensures that the changes are sustainable. They are also very impactful because the cases they work on are more likely to successfully get through the criminal justice system.

Organizational Strengths

N
They place full time personnel in the country who work directly with the local NGOs. The local criminal justice officials are extremely effective and ensure that the changes are sustainable. They also ensure that perpetrators are held accountable in a way that does not jeopardize the safety and dignity of victims.

Areas for Improvement

N
I think this organization could be improved by having less of a religious focus.
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) (1 recommendation) Their impact is their articles on integrating screening for GBV into clinical services.
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

http://www.ippfwhr.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is their articles on integrating screening for GBV into clinical services.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have a track record of sustainability.
International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW) (1 recommendation) This is one of the most important advocacy organisations and networks on gender based violence for Asia Pacific, but they also help build the capacity of women activists from around the world. Teaching them to use CEDAW and other international HR treaties to lobby governments, prepare shadow reports and advocate for the implementation of anti- GBV legislation, both internationally and at national and local levels.
International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW)

http://www.iwraw-ap.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This is one of the most important advocacy organisations and networks on gender based violence for Asia Pacific, but they also help build the capacity of women activists from around the world. Teaching them to use CEDAW and other international HR treaties to lobby governments, prepare shadow reports and advocate for the implementation of anti- GBV legislation, both internationally and at national and local levels.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have an ability to bring on high quality, high expertise consultants and staff who can lead and facilitate high quality capacity building processes. They also bring on country specific experts, who can work both nationally but also internationally to support each other at UN level processes - which are often difficult to understand, negotiate and have impact in.

Areas for Improvement

F
They have leadership issues. With a strong founder still associated with the organisation, it can be challenging for newer leaders. In addition, funding for a purely advocacy based network, even though its work is critical, is difficult.
Iris, Shelter for Women, Luleå, Sweden (1 recommendation) Iris, Shelter for Women, Luleå / We (University of Oulu) have been collaborating on a Nordic-NW Russian network project in 1998-2005 (network, IT, training courses, campaigning) -- to see the report and analysis, go to Saarinen, Liapounova, Drachova (eds.): NCRB - A Network for Crisis Centres in Russian Barents Region (and the Barents region as a whole).
Iris, Shelter for Women, Luleå, Sweden

Evidence of Impact

R
Iris, Shelter for Women, Luleå / We (University of Oulu) have been collaborating on a Nordic-NW Russian network project in 1998-2005 (network, IT, training courses, campaigning) -- to see the report and analysis, go to Saarinen, Liapounova, Drachova (eds.): NCRB - A Network for Crisis Centres in Russian Barents Region (and the Barents region as a whole).

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is their feminist profile, committed leaders and activists, and alert.

Areas for Improvement

R
They can improve their capacity for transversal dialogue.
Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE) (1 recommendation) Isis-WICCE have excellent impact at all levels from empowerment of women in grassroots organisations right up to level of effecting policy change at the government level. They carry out research that influences policy as well as the lives of women in war affected areas.
Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE)

http://www.isis.or.ug/

Evidence of Impact

R
Isis-WICCE have excellent impact at all levels from empowerment of women in grassroots organisations right up to level of effecting policy change at the government level. They carry out research that influences policy as well as the lives of women in war affected areas.

Organizational Strengths

R
They work with grassroots women war survivors to carry out research and interventions that make a real difference to women's lives at all levels. A research report on northern Uganda was discussed directly with the President of Uganda who stated he would act on their recommendations and similar achievements have been made in other war-affected countries. They have excellent leadership, good values and vision.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need a full staff team and adequate funding to fulfill their roles to maximum impact. In summary they need to increase staffing and funding.
JASS (1 recommendation) Just Associates (JASS) has played a lead role in helping to organize the Mesoamerica Women Human Rights Defenders Coalition which is working to combat the violence perpetrated against WHRDs in the region.
JASS
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http://www.justassociates.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Just Associates (JASS) has played a lead role in helping to organize the Mesoamerica Women Human Rights Defenders Coalition which is working to combat the violence perpetrated against WHRDs in the region.

Organizational Strengths

F
Just Associates has very strong leadership at the top and in all their regional operations: Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. Just Associates is often at the cutting edge of a movement building approach and communicates its achievements well.

Areas for Improvement

F
JASS could work on being more succinct and focused in its work. They are often trying to take on many huge issue areas and geographic regions.
KMG Ethiopia (1 recommendation)
Labrys (1 recommendation) Labrys is a grassroots organization that has expanded beyond the borders of Kyrgyzstan and is now serving as a resource center for other LGBT groups in Central Asia.
Labrys

http://kyrgyzlabrys.wordpress.com/

Evidence of Impact

O
Labrys is a grassroots organization that has expanded beyond the borders of Kyrgyzstan and is now serving as a resource center for other LGBT groups in Central Asia.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their continuously improve, are committed to capacity building and have the ability to think strategically.

Areas for Improvement

O
More innovation could benefit this group.
Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) (1 recommendation) I have worked with this organization personally, attended several of their GBV-related trainings, and have also referred people and organizations to participate. I've witnessed the positive reception of the training programs in particular by judges and lawyers in other countries.
Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB)
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http://www.lwob.org/Pages/Default.aspx

Evidence of Impact

R
I have worked with this organization personally, attended several of their GBV-related trainings, and have also referred people and organizations to participate. I've witnessed the positive reception of the training programs in particular by judges and lawyers in other countries.

Organizational Strengths

R
LWOB staff is lean and efficient. The organization is fiscally responsible and draws heavily upon the work of volunteer lawyers to produce top-rate work product.

Areas for Improvement

R
Timeframes can be very tight for collaborating partners to contribute. While lean staff is an attribute, projects would benefit from project managers.
MADRE (1 recommendation) They are committed to the elimination of violence against women from a feminist and human rights perspective. They are addressing the pervasiveness of this violence in a holistic way, working with grassroots organizations, policymakers, and intergovernmental bodies.
MADRE
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http://www.madre.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are committed to the elimination of violence against women from a feminist and human rights perspective. They are addressing the pervasiveness of this violence in a holistic way, working with grassroots organizations, policymakers, and intergovernmental bodies.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership, and their urgent action responses.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to continue expanding their programs to other geographic areas, and have more local/global connections.
MADRE (1 recommendation) They effectively mobilizes in response to women's needs in emergency situations.
MADRE
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http://www.madre.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They effectively mobilizes in response to women's needs in emergency situations.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have: 1. long history of support to progressive women's causes, hence they have credibility; 2. willingness to support in controversial situations where women are often abandoned, such as in Palestine.

Areas for Improvement

R
Areas to improve on include: 1. better marketing for current moment; 2. expand the regions where it works.
Mama Cash (1 recommendation) They work at the grassroots level, listening to the women on the ground, and supporting the solutions those women pose. That is, they use a bottom up approach, which I believe to be much more effective that a top down, externally developed solution.
Mama Cash

http://www.mamacash.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They work at the grassroots level, listening to the women on the ground, and supporting the solutions those women pose. That is, they use a bottom up approach, which I believe to be much more effective that a top down, externally developed solution.

Organizational Strengths

N
I believe they accept grant applications in any language, have fast turn-around of grantmaking, and use regional advisors rather than the expense of putting employees on location.
Medica Mondiale (1 recommendation) Medica Mondiale steps in where nobody else does with the same expertise and dedication and provide services to women survivors of sexualised violence in armed conflict settings. This organisation not only developed a pioneering toolbox for crisis intervention and counseling in conflict settings, but also advocates on the elimination of all forms of violence against women. It helped thousands of women in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Congo, Liberia, Uganda, and Rwanda.
Medica Mondiale

http://www.medicamondiale.org/?L=1

Evidence of Impact

N
Medica Mondiale steps in where nobody else does with the same expertise and dedication and provide services to women survivors of sexualised violence in armed conflict settings. This organisation not only developed a pioneering toolbox for crisis intervention and counseling in conflict settings, but also advocates on the elimination of all forms of violence against women. It helped thousands of women in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Congo, Liberia, Uganda, and Rwanda.

Organizational Strengths

N
I particularly commend the focus on local women's needs and the implication and strengthening of existing local services and ngos through capacity building. Medica Mondiale definitely does everything in its power to create a sustainable impact in the regions where it is active. Another strong point is the holistic approach to the needs of women in armed conflict settings, from health care over trauma counseling to economic independence. This deepens the impact of their actions.

Areas for Improvement

N
It would be a great idea to enlarge their scope in advocacy and fundraising to other European countries. The systematic integration of women's self-defense in their regional programs could provide a necessary service for traumatised women to strengthen their self confidence and reduce harmful consequences (panic attacks, guilt and shame, isolation etc.) in particular where the police and judiciary are not able or willing to protect women against violence.
Medica Mondiale (1 recommendation) Medica Mondiale has moved the issue of sexual violence in conflict/post conflict settings on the agenda since the early 1990s. It was therefore among the first (if not the first) organisation to focus on this issue and to provide services to survivors. It has made an important contribution to the recognition to this issue, in a way "trailblazing" for other organisations working in this area.
Medica Mondiale

http://www.medicamondiale.org/?L=1

Evidence of Impact

O
Medica Mondiale has moved the issue of sexual violence in conflict/post conflict settings on the agenda since the early 1990s. It was therefore among the first (if not the first) organisation to focus on this issue and to provide services to survivors. It has made an important contribution to the recognition to this issue, in a way "trailblazing" for other organisations working in this area.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are: 1. leadership: the founder Monika Hauser has provided exemplary leadership and is still active in the organisation today. 2. their combination of programme, grantmaking, advocacy and policy work in a relatively small organisation working in South East Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Areas for Improvement

O
They can improve in the following areas: 1. better self care of staff to prevent burn out and self exploitation. 2. more visibility/activity in the international (advocacy) context.
Medica Mondiale (1 recommendation) They have a clear feminist vision and empowerment of women is at the heart of their work. They have designed a training manual for psychosocial support for war affected women in Liberia. They are feminist with a clear vision to assist and empower women.
Medica Mondiale

http://www.medicamondiale.org/?L=1

Evidence of Impact

R
They have a clear feminist vision and empowerment of women is at the heart of their work. They have designed a training manual for psychosocial support for war affected women in Liberia. They are feminist with a clear vision to assist and empower women.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a clear feminist vision. Their organisation has a direct and positive impact on the further empowerment of women. They have a feminist vision. They empower grassroots women. They have developed a feminist training manual for work with women in conflict areas.

Areas for Improvement

R
Their director in Liberia is leaving so replacement of this post is essential for their continued success there. They need adequate and sustained funding to achieve all of their goals. They need to increase funding. They need a good leadership to replace the director who is now leaving.
Men's Resources International (1 recommendation) They have experienced leadership with an oppressions analysis. Steven is a pioneer in men's involvement in the movement in ending violence against women.
Men's Resources International

http://www.mensresourcesinternational.org/

Organizational Strengths

N
They have experienced leadership with an oppressions analysis. Steven is a pioneer in men's involvement in the movement in ending violence against women.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can improve on expanding their staff and expanding internationally.
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) (1 recommendation) We have worked with Anna Stone of NRC's gender-based violence program in Liberia. Through our collaboration with Anna, we have witnesses NRC identify partners on the ground who are providing direct services and treatment to victims of violence against women and work with them to identify gaps in response to the victims for which they--at times in partnership with other NGO's including my organization, develop strategies to close those gaps and work with partners on the ground to close those gaps. Further, NRC works closely with partners involved in numerous responses to violence against women, including advocacy, healthcare providers, law enforcement, prosecutors and judges. Through this close working relationship, NRC has been able to accurately identify issues related to the criminal justice response which impedes victim safety and offender accountability and to collaborate effectively with partner NGOs and partners on the ground to develop and deliver strategies to address those issues and to increase victim safety and offender accountability. Significantly, NRC recognizes that creating more effective responses requires follow-up with participants, support to allied professionals, and the development of resources, as well as training on those resources.
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

http://www.nrc.no/

Evidence of Impact

N
We have worked with Anna Stone of NRC's gender-based violence program in Liberia. Through our collaboration with Anna, we have witnesses NRC identify partners on the ground who are providing direct services and treatment to victims of violence against women and work with them to identify gaps in response to the victims for which they--at times in partnership with other NGO's including my organization, develop strategies to close those gaps and work with partners on the ground to close those gaps. Further, NRC works closely with partners involved in numerous responses to violence against women, including advocacy, healthcare providers, law enforcement, prosecutors and judges. Through this close working relationship, NRC has been able to accurately identify issues related to the criminal justice response which impedes victim safety and offender accountability and to collaborate effectively with partner NGOs and partners on the ground to develop and deliver strategies to address those issues and to increase victim safety and offender accountability. Significantly, NRC recognizes that creating more effective responses requires follow-up with participants, support to allied professionals, and the development of resources, as well as training on those resources.

Organizational Strengths

N
NRC is responsive to crises and cognizant of the potential of one of their programs to enhance the work of -or respond to a crisis in- another jurisdiction. NRC is an intelligent and efficient organization. In our personal dealings with the organization, we found them well-organized and resourceful and the staff highly informed of the violence against women and girls' issues on they engaged us.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more efforts to sustain programs in a particular region and an even greater willingness to expand programs addressing violence against women in the region.
OBJECT (1 recommendation) They are a tiny organisation with high impact on legislation changes.
OBJECT

http://www.object.org.uk

Evidence of Impact

N
They are a tiny organisation with high impact on legislation changes.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have an excellent leadership who motivate many volunteers. They effect changes in legislation and challenges the objectification of women.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can increase accessibility of website and engage in more public involvement.
Observatoire Arabe sur la lutte contre la violence à l’égard des femmes (1 recommendation) ABAAD is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious civil association that aims to promote sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region through equality, protection and empowerment of marginalized groups, especially women. ABAAD comprises a dynamic pool of resources, human rights activists, lawyers, consultants, social workers and researchers that are all dedicated towards achieving gender equality and women empowerment.
Observatoire Arabe sur la lutte contre la violence à l’égard des femmes

http://associationennakhil.org/obs/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage

Evidence of Impact

R
ABAAD is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious civil association that aims to promote sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region through equality, protection and empowerment of marginalized groups, especially women. ABAAD comprises a dynamic pool of resources, human rights activists, lawyers, consultants, social workers and researchers that are all dedicated towards achieving gender equality and women empowerment.
PRADET (Psychosocial Recovery and Development in East Timor) (1 recommendation) PRADET provide the only psycho-social care services for violence and abuse in Timor-Leste and covers a huge gap and need. They have secured the provision of clinical response services to sexual assault within the national health system and as a result much needed services are available to sexual assault victims. Without their work these services would not exist and would not be embedded in appropriate ways within the national systems.
PRADET (Psychosocial Recovery and Development in East Timor)

http://pradet.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
PRADET provide the only psycho-social care services for violence and abuse in Timor-Leste and covers a huge gap and need. They have secured the provision of clinical response services to sexual assault within the national health system and as a result much needed services are available to sexual assault victims. Without their work these services would not exist and would not be embedded in appropriate ways within the national systems.

Organizational Strengths

R
They are a Timorese run organisation and they have taken on and used technical capacity support effectively to enhance their organisational management structures. They have also recognised the need to ensure that their internal systems run as well as their programmatic aspects.

Areas for Improvement

R
This organisation simply needs time to institutionalise systems and bed-down as an organisation. The more experience they gain the stronger they will become.
Plan International (1 recommendation) Their strengths are: 1) their area of focus, which is children. 2) their credibility with governments and donors.
Plan International
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http://plan-international.org/

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are: 1) their area of focus, which is children. 2) their credibility with governments and donors.
Population Council (1 recommendation) Population Council's research, program evaluation, and capacity-building with local partners working on FGM/C and related issues has enhanced the field and contributed significantly to how to enhance impact and effectiveness.
Population Council
Silver-small

http://www.popcouncil.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Population Council's research, program evaluation, and capacity-building with local partners working on FGM/C and related issues has enhanced the field and contributed significantly to how to enhance impact and effectiveness.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have top-tier professional staff, and great in-country staff.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could work to reduce high overhead costs.
Population Council (1 recommendation) Other nonprofit organizations utilize their work.
Population Council
Silver-small

http://www.popcouncil.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Other nonprofit organizations utilize their work.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their operations.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to attract new young professionals into their organization.
Presenting Partners for Prevention (1 recommendation) PPP is a program in South and South East Asia that works with men and boys to prevent violence against women. This program has had significant success in mobilizing donor resources because donors are often tired of dealing with smaller disconnected agencies and programs.
Presenting Partners for Prevention

Evidence of Impact

O
PPP is a program in South and South East Asia that works with men and boys to prevent violence against women. This program has had significant success in mobilizing donor resources because donors are often tired of dealing with smaller disconnected agencies and programs.

Organizational Strengths

O
PPP works with many sectors and partners and has engaged in quantitative and qualitative political analysis studies on masculinities – to identify and address root causes of violence against women -- largely based in perspectives of men, and it’s men who need to do the most changing to really impact the incidence of violence against women They’ve also collected evidence for Policy Advocacy, and produced research tools: questionnaires, training manuals, etc. They have a great capacity development web portal for practitioners: (www.engagingmen.net).
RTI International (1 recommendation) RTI's work on expanding and sustaining the Thuthuzela Care Centers in South Africa and enabling their expansion into other regions of the world is transformational. The TCC model serves as a unique example of victim-centered response to survivors of sexual assault which should be replicated throughout the world. RTI's deliberate analysis has contributed to the ability of this program to provide an integrated one-stop model for combating sexual violence against women and youth, a prevalent problem across South Africa and the world. Further, with many jurisdictions, particularly in the US, demonstrating a weakening commitment to specialized prosecution units. RTI's assistance to and commitment to sustaining the Sex Offense Community Affairs unit (SOCA) further empowers survivors of sexual assault through increased access to health, justice, and psychosocial support, and by mobilizing communities within and outside of South Africa to support victims and fight violence. In short, RTI's promotion of victim-centered approach through specialized units and the collaborative and holistic model of the TCC's and its commitment to their sustainability is a significant step in increasing victim safety and offender accountability in violence against women crimes.
RTI International

http://www.rti.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
RTI's work on expanding and sustaining the Thuthuzela Care Centers in South Africa and enabling their expansion into other regions of the world is transformational. The TCC model serves as a unique example of victim-centered response to survivors of sexual assault which should be replicated throughout the world. RTI's deliberate analysis has contributed to the ability of this program to provide an integrated one-stop model for combating sexual violence against women and youth, a prevalent problem across South Africa and the world. Further, with many jurisdictions, particularly in the US, demonstrating a weakening commitment to specialized prosecution units. RTI's assistance to and commitment to sustaining the Sex Offense Community Affairs unit (SOCA) further empowers survivors of sexual assault through increased access to health, justice, and psychosocial support, and by mobilizing communities within and outside of South Africa to support victims and fight violence. In short, RTI's promotion of victim-centered approach through specialized units and the collaborative and holistic model of the TCC's and its commitment to their sustainability is a significant step in increasing victim safety and offender accountability in violence against women crimes.

Organizational Strengths

N
RTI's staff in support of this project are extremely knowledgeable. They work efficiently towards identifying strategies to expand and sustain important programs. They also work collaboratively to identify partners who can help expand the model globally.

Areas for Improvement

N
RTI should expand their work on violence against women and should more proactively to expand the knowledge they acquire related to the sustainability of SOCA and TCCs in South Africa and abroad and work to apply them to other violence against women initiatives.
Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y el Caribe (RSMLAC) (1 recommendation) Urgent Action Fund of Latin America staff participated in the conference organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Brazil in 2010 where the RSMLAC made an important contribution to including the issue of sexual and reproductive rights and enforcing guarantees.
Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y el Caribe (RSMLAC)

http://www.reddesalud.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Urgent Action Fund of Latin America staff participated in the conference organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Brazil in 2010 where the RSMLAC made an important contribution to including the issue of sexual and reproductive rights and enforcing guarantees.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a great ability to replicate and share information about sexual and reproductive rights for advocacy purposes in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. They are an important force behind the development of an Inter American Convention for sexual and reproductive rights of the diversity of women.

Areas for Improvement

N
It would be important for RMSLAC to develop educational/information programs for indigenous and Afro communities where issues of sexual and reproductive rights are not as well known as in urban centers.
Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project (1 recommendation) They provide direct legal services specific to domestic violence survivor issues. There is evidence of changes in user access to justice and courts regarding victims-survivors of violence.
Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project

http://www.safehorizon.org/index/get-help-8/legal-services-15.html

Evidence of Impact

N
They provide direct legal services specific to domestic violence survivor issues. There is evidence of changes in user access to justice and courts regarding victims-survivors of violence.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have capable attorneys and staff, employees in all boroughs in NYC (accessible). They meet victims where they are (in shelter, still with abuser, etc.) and address needs.

Areas for Improvement

N
More funding is needed and they also need more training of court staff in domestic and other forms of gender violence.
Salamander Trust (1 recommendation) Stepping Stones is the key curriculum/approach/programme upon which the field of addressing gender-based violence from a community perspective has been built.
Salamander Trust

http://www.salamandertrust.net/

Evidence of Impact

N
Stepping Stones is the key curriculum/approach/programme upon which the field of addressing gender-based violence from a community perspective has been built.

Organizational Strengths

N
The strength of the Salamander Trust/Stepping Stones Network is that they are a model of participatory development run by the author of Stepping Stones, Dr. Alice Welbourn, who is a gender and HIV expert living with HIV for more than two decades.

Areas for Improvement

N
This nonprofit has been run as a small, administratively lean endeavor so they could benefit from core support that would allow them to have more coordination and communication among the members of the Stepping Stones Community of Practice.
Save the Children (1 recommendation) Their evaluation of work in Africa is their evidence of impact.
Save the Children
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http://www.savethechildren.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Their evaluation of work in Africa is their evidence of impact.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a participative process, and work on local NGOs capacity development.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can improve on their research.
Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) (1 recommendation) The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) was originally founded by the Global Forum for Health Research and WHO and is currently housed in the Medical Research Council in South Africa. It is a leading promoter of research in the areas of sexual violence and intimate partner violence, including prevention and services. It is 'pushing the envelope' by addressing issues such as parenting interventions as a strategy to prevent violence against women and expanding knowledge on the risk factors associated with perpetration.
Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)

http://www.svri.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) was originally founded by the Global Forum for Health Research and WHO and is currently housed in the Medical Research Council in South Africa. It is a leading promoter of research in the areas of sexual violence and intimate partner violence, including prevention and services. It is 'pushing the envelope' by addressing issues such as parenting interventions as a strategy to prevent violence against women and expanding knowledge on the risk factors associated with perpetration.

Organizational Strengths

R
The SVRI has a track record of producing high-quality research, reviews of the literature, as well as organizing a leading conference on the issue. Additionally, they have made excellent use of technology to share knowledge, enable collaboration across countries, and thus promote wide uptake of evidence-based approaches to the issues. Look at www.svri.org.

Areas for Improvement

R
Although SVRI is international in focus, they have had a bias towards Africa, primarily because of their current host and because greater funding is available for this region of the world. It would be great to further increase SVRI's reach in other regions of the world, including Asia, Latin America, etc.
Sezim (1 recommendation) For over a decade Sezim has been the main provider of VAW support and crisis shelter in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Sezim managed to persuade mayor of Bishkek to donate space for the shelter to them and also continuously engage with the government raising the issues of violence against women.
Sezim

http://sanasezim.org/eng/node/94

Evidence of Impact

O
For over a decade Sezim has been the main provider of VAW support and crisis shelter in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Sezim managed to persuade mayor of Bishkek to donate space for the shelter to them and also continuously engage with the government raising the issues of violence against women.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their leadership and staff are the main strengths of the organization. I particularly appreciate their willingness to learn and also welcome minority women into the Crisis Shelter's premises.

Areas for Improvement

O
I think expanding in terms of research and advocacy could benefit Sezim greatly, I often feel that their work could be strengthened by having members on staff who are advocacy and communications specialists.
Soroptimist (1 recommendation) I think they are impressive.
Soroptimist

http://www.soroptimist.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
I think they are impressive.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have great integrity and strong leadership.
Soul City Institute (1 recommendation) They provide some of the most comprehensive outcome evaluations that I have ever seen. Evaluation is part of the DNA of the group. My organization has benefited enormously from exposure visits to the group.
Soul City Institute

http://www.soulcity.org.za

Evidence of Impact

N
They provide some of the most comprehensive outcome evaluations that I have ever seen. Evaluation is part of the DNA of the group. My organization has benefited enormously from exposure visits to the group.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have an excellent approach to marrying entertainment education with community development and they build a diverse group of stakeholders to support the work. They are now expanding into multiple countries in Africa.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to build their global presence and be better known outside the region because their work is excellent.
Tahirih Justice Center (1 recommendation) They have generated success at getting political asylum for women based on gender based violence, and at changing U.S. laws to prevent trafficking.
Tahirih Justice Center
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http://www.tahirih.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have generated success at getting political asylum for women based on gender based violence, and at changing U.S. laws to prevent trafficking.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have good leadership and staff and stay focused on their core mission.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need better visibility.
TakeBackTheTech (1 recommendation) Take Back the Tech is an accessible, online campaign that empowers individuals to use social media technology to develop their own campaigns to end violence against women.
TakeBackTheTech

http://www.takebackthetech.net/

Evidence of Impact

N
Take Back the Tech is an accessible, online campaign that empowers individuals to use social media technology to develop their own campaigns to end violence against women.

Organizational Strengths

N
They utilize a fresh, international, ONLINE approach to use media to advocate against violence against women.

Areas for Improvement

N
This nonprofit could use additional support to provide social media resources to an international office, and to also take on more staff.
The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters (1 recommendation) They have a long term collaboration with a local unit of the Federation.
The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters

http://www.ensijaturvakotienliitto.fi/in_english/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have a long term collaboration with a local unit of the Federation.

Organizational Strengths

R
They are responsible for anti-violence actions in a vast peripheral northern area, 1/3 of Finland. They have development work in a "triangle": for women, mothers - children - men (as abusers, co-workers).

Areas for Improvement

R
Their feminist + familist approaches needs to be reconsidered. They maybe too multifunctional.
The Voices and Faces Project (1 recommendation) Hundreds if not thousands of victims have found support, self-empowerment and healing by sharing the details of their ordeals in either audio or video.
The Voices and Faces Project

http://www.voicesandfaces.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Hundreds if not thousands of victims have found support, self-empowerment and healing by sharing the details of their ordeals in either audio or video.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have a very media savvy staff and excellent public relations skills.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to continue to strive to expand their reach, particularly with disenfranchised populations.
UNANIMA International (1 recommendation) For the same reasons for sustained leadership that is defined by integrity and principle (people who you know who aren’t going to cower). These people will stick to a principle to the cost of funding. No issue is taking principled stand against prostitution.
UNANIMA International

http://www.unanima-international.org/eng/

Evidence of Impact

N
For the same reasons for sustained leadership that is defined by integrity and principle (people who you know who aren’t going to cower). These people will stick to a principle to the cost of funding. No issue is taking principled stand against prostitution.
Urgent Action Fund (1 recommendation) They are the most reliable source of emergency funds for activists working on violence against women or women who face violence and need help because of their work.
Urgent Action Fund
Silver-small

http://urgentactionfund.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They are the most reliable source of emergency funds for activists working on violence against women or women who face violence and need help because of their work.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have the ability to move quickly in providing resources. They have credibility with women's movement actors. They reach a wide audience through their sister regional funds.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need a new executive director and better staffing. They would also benefit from being in a more central location rather than Colorado.
Urgent Action Fund (1 recommendation) They work at the grassroots level, listening to the women on the ground, and supporting the solutions those women pose. That is, they use a bottom up approach, which I believe to be much more effective that a top down, externally developed solution.
Urgent Action Fund
Silver-small

http://urgentactionfund.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They work at the grassroots level, listening to the women on the ground, and supporting the solutions those women pose. That is, they use a bottom up approach, which I believe to be much more effective that a top down, externally developed solution.

Organizational Strengths

N
They accept grant applications in any language, have fast turn-around of grantmaking, and use regional advisors rather than the expense of putting employees on location.
Virtue Foundation (1 recommendation) Results -- this organization does not just talk, they deliver. As one example, they are setting up family justice center in Ghana.
Virtue Foundation

http://www.virtuefoundation.org/cms/front_content.php

Evidence of Impact

R
Results -- this organization does not just talk, they deliver. As one example, they are setting up family justice center in Ghana.

Organizational Strengths

R
The organization's board comprises visionaries and optimists with exceptional technical expertise. They are looking for and committed to finding efficient and high-impact solutions for development and advancement of women and girls.

Areas for Improvement

R
Because those involved are very busy, response rate can be slow and communication can be unclear and opaque.
White Ribbon Campaign (1 recommendation) They have an easily replicable and implementable model for male engagement. The tools and strategies they use are adapted to many geographical and cultural contexts.
White Ribbon Campaign

http://www.whiteribbon.ca/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have an easily replicable and implementable model for male engagement. The tools and strategies they use are adapted to many geographical and cultural contexts.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their decentralized global campaign and online resources.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can improve on their resources and strategies to help individuals and communities go beyond the ribbon campaign. They can also explicitly form collaborations with women's organizations.
Womankind Worldwide (1 recommendation) The women that Womankind support are better educated and trained to be able to directly challenge violence - either directly within their own communities, or indirectly through better access to policy and lobbying opportunities.
Womankind Worldwide

http://www.womankind.org.uk/

Evidence of Impact

N
The women that Womankind support are better educated and trained to be able to directly challenge violence - either directly within their own communities, or indirectly through better access to policy and lobbying opportunities.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a good strong leader with awareness of strategic goals.
Women Peacemakers Program (1 recommendation) They have excellent global trainings for women peacemakers. They incorporate an analysis of masculinities into their trainings. They are pioneering trainings for women and men as allies.
Women Peacemakers Program

http://www.ifor.org/WPP/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have excellent global trainings for women peacemakers. They incorporate an analysis of masculinities into their trainings. They are pioneering trainings for women and men as allies.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong networks within the global peacemakers and women's movement. They also have strong online communications.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can improve on expanding their funding sources. They should also anticipate transition of administrative responsibilities to new agency.
Women and Law in Southern Africa (1 recommendation) WILSA has been involved in documenting and publicizing issues of violence against women and girls in southern Africa -- Zimbabwe, Malawi, and other countries as well as South Africa -- for many years. They have done remarkable work and produced very influential reports that have drawn attention to major problems of gender violence that had been ignored, and have worked to bring about legal change and a variety of campaigns to change values.
Women and Law in Southern Africa

http://www.nodo50.org/mujeresred/wlsa.htm

Evidence of Impact

R
WILSA has been involved in documenting and publicizing issues of violence against women and girls in southern Africa -- Zimbabwe, Malawi, and other countries as well as South Africa -- for many years. They have done remarkable work and produced very influential reports that have drawn attention to major problems of gender violence that had been ignored, and have worked to bring about legal change and a variety of campaigns to change values.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have dedicated women both as staff and as volunteers. They are knowledgeable and determined to bring about change.
Women in Black (1 recommendation) From Belgrade to Jerusalem to Colombia to the USA, Women in Black is a leading network of women’s nonviolent movements to resist war and to eliminate all forms of violence. Connected by a global network, the local branches of WIB in Serbia and Israel in particular, Women in Blank have played crucial roles as citizen advocates for peace in these two conflict-impacted regions of the world.
Women in Black

http://www.womeninblack.org/en/vigil

Evidence of Impact

F
From Belgrade to Jerusalem to Colombia to the USA, Women in Black is a leading network of women’s nonviolent movements to resist war and to eliminate all forms of violence. Connected by a global network, the local branches of WIB in Serbia and Israel in particular, Women in Blank have played crucial roles as citizen advocates for peace in these two conflict-impacted regions of the world.

Organizational Strengths

F
They are a nimble, global network that adapts easily to multiple country contexts. They have a strong capacity to mobilize volunteers and ordinary citizens for peace.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need to strengthen their use of social media and internet tools to maximize the group's capacity for organizing and outreach.
Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) (1 recommendation) This recommendation is based on information captured in publications like their annual report, and reports of the role of WiLDAF in the creation of the position of the Special Rapporteur on Women's Rights in Africa.
Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF)

http://www.wildaf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This recommendation is based on information captured in publications like their annual report, and reports of the role of WiLDAF in the creation of the position of the Special Rapporteur on Women's Rights in Africa.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are 1) The fact that they are represented in over 31 countries and are made up of a network of individuals and organizations. This means that the organization is able to make an impact in relation to thematic areas over a wide geographical expanse. 2) This organization engages effectively in policy advocacy and training in key areas relevant to the protection of women's rights both at the regional level (African Union) and in country.

Areas for Improvement

N
Areas they can improve include: 1) Fundraising initiatives. 2) Managing communication and information flow within and amongst the various country networks.
Women's Media Center (1 recommendation) WMC is training women leaders so that as journalists they can better speak to the issues that affect women. WMC also highlights disparities between women and men in leadership positions in the media. This is very important because who runs the news impacts what news media cover.
Women's Media Center
Bronze-small

http://www.womensmediacenter.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
WMC is training women leaders so that as journalists they can better speak to the issues that affect women. WMC also highlights disparities between women and men in leadership positions in the media. This is very important because who runs the news impacts what news media cover.

Organizational Strengths

N
The board of the WMC is fantastic and a Who's who among women in journalism. The staff is very dedicated.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can do more international coverage.
World YWCA (1 recommendation) They are a local and nationally based membership organization who have for years worked on the issue of violence against women and girls at the local, national and global level. They have been instrumental in the organizing of 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign. They have been a leader in both re-framing the issue globally as well as working to bring a variety of countries together under one umbrella to fight for the stopping of violence against women and girls.
World YWCA
Silver-small

http://www.worldywca.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They are a local and nationally based membership organization who have for years worked on the issue of violence against women and girls at the local, national and global level. They have been instrumental in the organizing of 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign. They have been a leader in both re-framing the issue globally as well as working to bring a variety of countries together under one umbrella to fight for the stopping of violence against women and girls.

Organizational Strengths

O
They are deeply rooted in the community, but connected internationally. They have a very strong leadership training program. They have excellent representation at the global level of young leadership.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to improve their fundraising. They have a long and sustainable history that sometimes can be a barrier to change.

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