Creating change: Mobilising communities to prevent family and whānau violence - Symposium - Free - Auckland - 19 Aug 2015

When: Wednesday 19 August 2015, 9am - 12.30pm (Please arrive by 9am for a prompt start)

Where: Function Hall (Building 730, Room 220), University of Auckland, Tāmaki campus, Gate 1, 261 Morrin Rd, Glen Innes, Auckland

Hosted by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, and supported by Auckland Council.

Designed for: Practitioners, policy-makers, funders and researchers working or with an interest in: social change; social marketing; community development; public health; family, whānau and sexual violence prevention. All welcome.

Free. Places limited. Please RSVP by Friday 5 August 2015, by email to:

Notes from this seminar are now available

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 Aotearoa 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.

RSVP by Friday 5 August 2015 to:

For questions, phone: (09) 923-5873.

Directions to Tāmaki campus

Free visitor parking available on campus. Close to Glen Innes train station. This is an accessible venue.