Without Violence is a field-building project designed to help violence prevention leaders and practitioners communicate solutions and accelerate their impact for improving the lives of boys and girls. The Voices from the Field Fellowship program used the findings from a “Solutions Taxonomy” to build the communications and advocacy capacity of leaders working to prevent violence against children, so that they can inspire deeper and more sustained engagement on the issue. The program  simultaneously tested the applicability of the findings in different social and cultural contexts.

THE 2014-2015 COHORT

The 2014 cohort included practitioners and youth advocates already working to prevent violence in the lives of children. They collectively cover several forms of violence against children including harsh physical punishment, exposure to intimate partner violence, sexual violence and exploitation, violence in schools and gang violence. They were selected based on their commitment, their involvement in successful efforts to reduce violence against children, and their ability to drive transformative change in their institutions and political contexts.

An evaluation of the Fellowship program and WithoutViolence's other activities during this period was carried out by Frankly Speaking and is available to download here



Coordinator of the Child Protection Working Group

Katy has led the global level forum for coordination and collaboration on child protection in humanitarian settings since 2007, making her one of the few foreign aid workers to have been able to operate in Burma as an advisor for Save the Children.



Child Protection Senior Technical Advisor for International Rescue Committee

Laura has been working for the IRC since October 2006, first as the Child and Youth Protection and Development (CYPD) coordinator in Uganda and since November 2007 as Child Protection Technical Adviser to IRC’s global CYPD Technical Unit. Laura currently leads IRC’s work on key policy, programming, research, and advocacy issues related to children in humanitarian settings.



UNICEF Chief of Celebrity Relations and Partnerships

At UNICEF, Marissa leads a team to execute strategies that engage Goodwill Ambassadors and influential advocates to increase the visibility of UNICEF key priorities and programs.  Prior to UNICEF, she spent over 10 years as the Director of Media Relations at the US Fund for UNICEF, where she created and oversaw strategic publicity and marketing campaigns.



Global Protection Advisor at ChildFund Alliance

Solène has a rich and international background in the field of child protection and humanitarian aid. She has worked with UNICEF, Comité d’Aide Médicale, ChildFund International and Enfants Réfugiés du Monde.



Secretary General of Eurochild

Jana leads the organization’s efforts to keep the well-being of children and youth and the fight against child poverty high on the EU agenda. Eurochild’s communications and advocacy strategies focus on the three key areas: social inclusion, fighting poverty and deinstiutionalization.



Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF

Karin has a DPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, which she completed in 2009. Prior to her doctoral studies, she engaged in policy and program work in the area of child protection for UNICEF in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Her research interests include intra-household dynamics around choice, children and work, and migration.



Director of Child Protection Initiative at Save the Children

Lena is a business economist who has spent many years developing methods and frameworks for a child rights-based approach to programming. She has also worked extensivelyto further gender equality work. The global Child Protection Initiative was launched in 2009 to strengthen the right of children to be protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.



Co-Founder of CIYOTA

Daniel works with the rest of the tight-knit team in “developing a united, self-sustained community starting from zero to what great leaders, entrepreneurs have never imagined” at local, national and international levels.



Executive Director of Center for Domestic Violence Prevention

Tina has a wealth of leadership experience in advocating for women’s rights in Uganda and mobilizing communities for the prevention of violence against women, SASA!, developed by Raising Voices and implemented by CEDOVIP, takes a benefits-based approach to violence prevention.



Co-Founder and Co-Director, Raising Voices

Dipak asks challenging questions about how to prevent violence against women and children and works to bringing the answers to life. Dipak has worked with everyone from rural community members in Uganda to academics in highly respected institutions to prevent violence against children.



Youth Advocate and Co-founder of CIYOTA

Ntakamaze focuses on providing access to quality education for underprivileged children in the African communities. Most recently, he is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Rochester and a mentor for the minority male students at Monroe High School in Rochester New York.



Communications Manager, Child Protection Initiative at Save the Children

Silvia has a background in non-profit organization management and has worked with youth foundations.



Director of Policy and Advocacy for the International Rescue Committee’s Washington, D.C. Office

Kate helps guide the IRC’s work to draw attention to global humanitarian needs and advocate for policy changes that will assist people affected by war and disaster. Prior to joining the IRC, she worked for several years as a senior policy advisor with CARE and UNDP’s Millennium Campaign, drawing the attention of policy makers and the public to efforts to meet the MDGs.



Youth Advocate and INFANT Ambassador

Josseline is a prime example of how a young person can impact their own life and the lives of others through advocacy work and engaging fellow youths.  Josseline is an active member of the Network of Children and Adolescents in Chicosa as well as of the anti-punishment and anti-violence campaign team. INFANT’s approach to children’s rights is through education and training.



Founder & Executive Director of Cure Violence

Gary has made city streets safer for children by developing an innovative approach to preventing the spread of violence. He is a Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a senior advisor to the World Health Organization.



Executive Director of KNOW Violence in Childhood

Ramya is a social policy analyst with over 20 years’ experience of research, strategy development, training and teaching. Ramya has been a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and a Social Policy Specialist with UNICEF in India.



Youth Advocate for INFANT in Iquitos, Peru

Currently studying law and political science at the National University of the Peruvian Amazon. Mayra is actively engaged with several children’s and youth groups in Peru, including the Network of Children and Teenagers, the Children’s Parliament and has strong ties to the national “Childhood without punishment, Childhood without violence” campaign.



Director of Cure Violence’s Washington, D.C. office and former U.S. Foreign Service Officer

Karen has devoted her professional life to promoting pluralism and democracy, defending human rights and preventing violence.