The second planning step is to deepen your understanding of stakeholder and community capacity and commitment to preventing violence against women, and to begin the work of connecting and engaging strong partnerships for tackling the determinants. When it comes to preventing violence against women, working together produces more powerful results than any single organisation could achieve if it set off doing primary prevention alone.

Harnessing the knowledge, experience and expertise of diverse organisations and sectors, and the community directly, generates a broad understanding of the complexity of violence against women and the ‘lived experience’ of women and gender inequality. Here are some things to consider as you engage with and deepen your understanding with stakeholders and the community.

  • Always have clear aims and responsive and respectful engagement processes.
  • Consider how you engage women in your community in a meaningful way. Balanced, considered and objective information will support community understanding of the root causes of violence as well as alternatives, opportunities and solutions.
  • The community’s ideas, insights, concerns and aspirations can provide opportunities to innovate and develop new evidence.
  • Consider who your stakeholders may be, why you are working with them and where they are at in their understanding of violence against women and how to prevent it from happening in the first place.
  • Create conditions for trust, openness, transparency, clear communication and respect for differences among stakeholders, particularly in building a common understanding of the underlying determinants of violence against women.
  • Stakeholders have a lot to offer through their experience, expertise, resources, skills and knowledge; their different insights, political and social perspectives; and questions they bring to the planning process.