WHAT WE DO

ISSUES WE WORK ON

1. Gender justice (Central and the core of VSI programming)

Discrimination and violence against women and girls are major causes of poverty all over the world. Ensuring that women and men / boys and girls benefit equally is at the core of all VSI intervention programmes. Gender justice and equality therefore underpin all our work and interventions.

Project under Gender Justice-

Policy Advocacy-VSI’s

Policy advocacy project enables it to engage in advocacy to promote the inclusion of women and girls in Laws and policies relating to gender, as well as the enactment of these Laws and the Constitutional commitments towards equality and closing of gender gaps.

Legal Reform–VSI’s

Legal reform project enables it to challenge obnoxious and discriminatory Laws, asking for their repeal and demanding institutionalization and implementation of Laws that respect in equal terms the rights and dignity of men/women and boys/girls.

Interpretation and Simplification of Laws

This initiative provides the opportunity for young people to benefit from interpretation and simplifications of Laws to enable them usethese Laws to hold governments accountable and demand implementation of these Laws. The Laws are simplified for different age groups and for easy grasping for the users.

2. Education and Research

Vision Spring Initiatives’’ Model school and Crèche project-for infants and children (still under construction) provides the spaces for young girls and a few boys to ‘unlearn’ gender stereotypes and gain knowledge on gender and roles. While girls learn that they can undertake any role and responsibilities if they are provided with the knowledge they require, boys learn to respect girls and ultimately become ‘champions’ in challenging stereotypes. This is one VSI’s long term project and charges a fee for the education provided which then is ploughed back towards sustaining the organisations initiatives.as research has shown that gender stereotypes are formed at an early stage in life. is a bane to gender issues. Through Vision Spring Initiative’s gender manuals young people’s reading culture will be enhanced.

VSI’s Gender and human rights Institute Project

For gender trainings, curriculum review and development, including ensuring they are relevant to time and needs, teacher training, counsellors, school debates,

Research

All interventions promote evidence-based research.

3. Participatory Leadership/Political education Project {Women hold only 14% of world’s government seats}.

Project under Participatory Leadership/Political Education

Participatory and horizontal approach to leadership

VSI’s leadership project draw from many years of partnering and engaging in leadership approaches that are inclusive and horizontal, respecting diversity, enhancing communication skills, every body’s input and commitment and sharing results and challenges.

VSI’s Political Education Project

Election preparation, preparation as voters and those to be voted, school clubs on elections and citizenship, manifestoes and preparing youth for elections and violence-free elections

4. Sexual and reproductive health and rights Project: {Sexual and reproductive health and rights-from a development perspective}

Project under Sexual and reproductive health and rights’ project

Women and young peoples’ sexual and reproductive health and rights remain the most debated issue including lack of its inclusion as a development issue: Comprehensive sexuality education, information about life skills, communication strategies, diversities and differences, sexualities, bodily autonomy, bodily care, self-esteem, VAW, sexual violence and responding to them.

5. Networks/Exchange programme/ Youth Outreach

Youth represent developed and on-going development. They have passions, determination and constitute half of the world’s population.

Project under Network/exchange Programme / Youth Outreach

This space enables young people and other groups to dialogue and reaches a consensus and the understanding and the yearnings of young people create safe space for exchange, information sharing, dialogues, debates, peace initiatives amongst others.