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Symposium: Mobilising communities to prevent family and whānau violence

August 06, 2015 at 8:48 AM

Creating change:

Mobilising communities to prevent
family and whānau violence

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse is pleased to host a half-day symposium, Creating change: Mobilising communities to prevent family and whānau violence. The symposium is supported by Auckland Council.

When: Wednesday 19 August 2015, 9am - 12.30pm
(Please arrive by 9am for a prompt start.)
: Function Hall (Building 730, Room 220)
University of Auckland, Tāmaki campus
261 Morrin Rd, Glen Innes, Auckland

Designed for: Practitioners, policy-makers, funders and researchers working or with an interest in: family, whānau and sexual violence prevention; social change; social marketing; community development; public health. All welcome.
Free of charge
RSVP required
(see below)

Community mobilisation is an approach to preventing violence which enables and builds local community ownership. Principles of community mobilisation include social change, whole community engagement, collaboration, community leadership and a vision for a better world. Community mobilisation is an emerging approach to addressing family violence, however there are international examples that show a reduction in violence in relatively short periods of time. Come along to learn more about the world-leading example SASA! and promising Aoteraroa New Zealand initiatives


Keynote speaker (by video):

Lori Michau is a Co-founder and Co-director at Raising Voices, a nonprofit organisation working toward the prevention of violence against women and children in Uganda. Raising Voices developed SASA!, a community mobilisation initiative that works to prevent violence against women and HIV by addressing gender inequality. SASA! is one of the few community mobilisation initiatives worldwide that has done comprehensive research and evaluation. This found that the initiative lead to decreased rates of intimate partner violence, and a wide range of positive changes in people's relationships and the community. Lori will talk about what SASA! has achieved and how they measure change. SASA! is an acronym for the four phases of action (Start, Awareness, Support and Action) and also means "now" in Kiswahili.


Involved in all aspects of work at Raising Voices, Lori spends her days supporting staff and strategy development, developing ideas and programmes, learning from experiences on the ground, and discovering new ways to promote violence prevention. Lori received her Masters in Human Rights at Makerere University, Uganda and has lived in the region since 1995. Before co-founding Raising Voices, she worked at Kuleana Center for Children's Rights and Jijenge! Women's Center for Sexual Health. Lori is the author of several groundbreaking violence prevention methodologies, various articles (including for the United Nations and The Lancet) and serves on many advisory boards.

There will also be speakers from the It's Not OK Campaign and E Tu Whānau and discussion on community mobilisation to prevent family and whānau violence in Auckland.


This seminar provides an opportunity for interactive learning on community mobilisation. It builds on ideas presented in the NZFVC Issues Paper Creating change: Mobilising New Zealand communities to prevent family violence by Sheryl Hann and Cristy Trewartha. We ask all participants to read the paper in preparation for this symposium.


Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please RSVP by email by Friday 5 August to 

and include any access or catering requirements.

For questions, phone (09) 923-5873.

Directions to Tāmaki campus

Free visitor parking available on campus. Close to Glen Innes train station.
Accessible venue.