In any community there are people whose voices stand out above the rest, people who are listened to and respected. Rethinking Power wants these people on our team. They have a huge role to play in preventing violence—they can speak out from the pulpit, at community meetings, counsel couples before marriage, and talk to the people in their circles to create dialogue about violence against women and girls, and its root cause—the imbalance of power between women and men.
To find which leaders were best to engage, Rethinking Powerstaff made home visits to 190 community leaders and 32 religious leaders to discuss the purpose, intentions and content of Rethinking Power. Of these, 58 community and 27 religious leaders rose to the top based on their interest in the issues and their level of influence. For the past year, they have regularly engaged in training, exchanges, and events with the Rethinking Power team to further discuss issues of VAWG, imbalance of power, and what they can do as community leaders to raise these issues in their area.