History of CEDOVIP
The Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).Initially, it started as the Domestic Violence Demonstration Project under Raising Voices, piloting a violence prevention program in Kawempe Division, Kampala, Uganda. This was a partnership between three founding organizations:
- Raising Voices: developed the community mobilization tool and provided the technical assistance for its implementation. Raising Voices played a critical role in founding CEDOVIP.
- Action Aid Uganda: provided funding at the time.
- NAWOU: an umbrella organization that connected the project to the grassroots.
Girls and Women support
Along the way, the project demonstrated that it could stand on its own because it had skilled staff on board; it had a whole team of about 200 community volunteers who were more “grassroots” and had become skilled enough to mentor other people to take on the activism role in the other parishes of Kawempe; it had inspired community members to form action groups that were watching over their neighborhoods in preventing domestic violence; and it had built capacity to move beyond the four parishes in which they were working to the entire Kawempe division.
As a result of its achievements, in early 2003 it was established as an independent NGO named CEDOVIP, which maintained its close link to Raising Voices. CEDOVIP works with various partners to promote women’s rights by effecting change in the attitudes, behavior, and practices that perpetuate Violence Against Women and Girls (VAW/G) in Uganda. It is the leading NGO working to secure adequate legislation to respond to domestic violence, while also implementing programs to challenge power structures in local communities to reduce the acceptance and prevalence of VAW/G.
To transform the power imbalance in intimate relationships through awareness raising, collective visioning, and concerted efforts among community members
Existence of violence-free relationships
Building a movement to prevent violence against women and girls in Uganda