Project information

Young Men's Workshops

At AND we strongly believe that gender based violence is a not a women's issue but a human rights issue. It is essential that we engage men and boys in the fight for gender equality and enlist them as anti-violence advocates in order to create social change and ultimately eliminate sexual assault.

Starting in December 2014 and ongoing.

Charity information: Attacked Not Defeated (AND)

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  • Need


    Essentially the project is a tool for sexual violence prevention, however it also addresses gender inequality and community violence on a broader scale.


    By holding a series of workshops comprising of activities and discussions about the issues surrounding sexual and gender based violence in a non-judgmental and confidential forum. In these sessions we will explore gender roles and perceptions and societal pressures which influence many young men's attitudes towards women and violence. Slowly we will introduce the notion that equality and women's empowerment is beneficial to the community as a whole and that violence is always destructive.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enlist men and boys as agents of change in the fight to end sexual and gender based violence.


    » Running a series of workshops with the eventual outcome that young men will take ownership of an attitude which promotes gender equality.

    What success will look like

    We will do follow up research and provide ongoing advice and support for our participants to gage the long term effects our project has had on the individual and their community.

    Aim 2

    To understand gender based violence from a male perspective.


    » Leading open discussions in confidential workshops where young men can voice their experiences of gender roles/societal pressures in their community.

    What success will look like

    We are conducting a baseline study of male attitudes towards women and violence prior to the workshops. On completion of the course participants will fill out a feedback form.

    Aim 3

    Preventing sexual violence in the community.


    » Challenging social norms through our workshops, and suggesting how elimination of gender based violence can improve everybody's quality of life.

    What success will look like

    Through follow up research in the communities where we have conducted the workshops.

  • Impact


    This project will be ongoing and growing over a number of years. Eventually the lessons which participants will take away from the workshops will be widely understood and our programme will be replicated in schools and other institutions as part of a standard curriculum. Therefore the perceived outcome of a decrease of sexual violence in the community will be evident through ongoing qualitative research and data collection.


    Initially it may be difficult to encourage participants to sign up for the workshops due to the exact social pressures and gender perceptions that we are addressing! We have done research on similar programmes in other areas, for example CARE International's Young Men Initiative in the Bulkans, and found that offering incentives through celebrity endorsement or gifts, as well as promoting the workshops in a non-intimidating and welcoming way, will address this issue.


    The leader of the workshops will write a report after each individual session, and on completion all participants will fill out an anonymous feedback form where they will explain the impact the workshops have had on their attitudes. This will be collated into a report which will be sent to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,520

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      Amount Heading Description
      £720 Cost for workshops Running of 6 workshops in 4 separate institutions (£30/workshop)
      £300 Research Gathering research in community of each institution respectively (£75 each)
      £500 Admin/Gen.costs Running of the charity over 6 weeks e.g Internet, Phone, Transport, Office etc.
  • Background


    We are basing the first phase of this project in two of the developing urban areas surrounding Kampala, commonly known as the slums. These areas are highly populated and as such have a large instances of sexual violence, and due to low incomes and sever poverty, people in these areas have very little access to education and health services particularly in a case of sexual assault, where the community would tend to disregard this as a problem.


    The benefits of this project have an extremely broad scope due to the potential for social change from new attitudes merging from the next generation's leaders. It will positively impact on a local as well as a national scale if it has the opportunity to become part and parcel of a young man's education. The rewards will be reaped by men, women and children, as well as governing bodies, health services, policing and the judiciary system.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Attacked Not Defeated is a pioneering project in Uganda; the first of it's kind that focus's specifically on sexual violence in particular; how to combat it and how best to comprehensively support those who have experienced it. Over the past three years our Founder has lived and worked amongst these issues in the Ugandan community and has come onto contact with the challenges Uganda faces in this under-recognised issue. We also have an strong established network on the ground.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Phoebe Tansley

    Phoebe is the founder of Attacked Not Defeated and runs all of our administrative processes along with our charity partners in the UK.

    Edward Isingoma

    Edward is a Ugandan Native who has been volunteering for AND for two years and will be leading the workshops on the ground.

    Jennifer Robinson

    Jennifer is our UK representative in Uganda since Phoebe returned to the UK. She oversees daily running, leads research and reports to UK.