Your Participation is Key to the Success of the Power to Prevent:

The Power of Prevent is a participatory event that will honor the extensive knowledge and experience that all of our colleagues have to share on the important topic we will be exploring.  To be able to create a vibrant, dynamic, learning space, we are asking that each participant to a variety of activities and sessions ahead of time.  Please go to Part C (English) by July 15th 2015 to sign up for these activities and sessions (French and Spanish).

At The Power to Prevent, we will have a vibrant mix of ways for all participants to actively engage and learn. 

To do so, we are suggesting a range of session types for the sharing of programmatic experience and resources. We ask that each participant: 
  1. Indicate their interest in participating in/contributing to any of the following kinds of session: 
    • Birds of a Feather Gatherings, 
    • the Resource Library, and 
    • Poster Exhibit; 
  2. Sign up to lead a 
    • Panel or Demonstration, 
    • Skills building session, 
    • Think Tank, or 
    • World Café.

Here is the mix of exciting activities and sessions that we will have at the event:


Birds of a Feather Gatherings, also known as idea exchanges or networking tables, are relatively small and informal discussion-based gatherings, aimed at building networks, and exploring ideas linked to changing negative or emphasizing positive attitudes, norms and behaviours. If you have a topic that you want to explore in the Birds of a Feather, please indicate below. Unlike the other sessions, you do not have to facilitate this session, but we will create space in the agenda to have these discussions more informally.


The resource/networking library will be made available throughout the entire three days. We will have a designated spot where resources both related to ending VAWG/GBV programs, and specifically on changing negative or emphasizing positive attitude, norms and behavior change, can either be signed out for a short period of time or taken home. Resources can be Oxfam or external. This is also where our Help/Connecting Desk will be located, where we can help connect you with people of interest. Please let us know if you can contribute to the resource library.


The poster exhibit will be on display for the three days of the learning event. It is an opportunity to graphically display part of your programmatic experience in a visual matter and to gather detailed feedback on your work. Each day participants will be given time to select the 2-3 posters on which they wish to hear a short (5-10 minute) oral presentation.


As a more formal discussion, a panel usually has 3-5 presenters as well as a chair and discussant. Panels will likely be about 45 minutes in length and structured around 2-3 thought-provoking topics or questions. Most panels end with an opportunity for attendees to raise questions or offer their own observations on what has been presented. We are asking people to sign up for one of the three panels or suggest ideas that are not listed here (see below for guiding questions).


A Think Tank session will focus on a specific challenge and have a group of colleagues brainstorm on potential solutions. To lead Think Tank session, you will share briefly about your program, present a current challenge that you are having related to changing attitudes norms and behaviours that perpetuate VAWG/GBV, and have the opportunity to have colleagues discuss, reflect and brainstorm potential ways forward.


This will include an overview of a new skill, tool or technique, a short description of how you used this skill, tool or technique, followed by an opportunity for hands-on practice by participants. Examples of hands-on practice might be ways that you have engaged key beneficiaries in your changing social norms program: role-playing, art, an innovative data collection technique, etc. These sessions will be approximately one hour in length.