Project - No Means No Worldwide

No Means No Worldwide
www.nomeansnoworldwide.org

No Means No Worldwide (NMNW) is an internationally acclaimed training academy for sexual violence prevention and recovery for women and children that is poised for significant scale-up and impact. The goal is to end sexual violence against women and children around the world. Local young men and women from high risk communities are trained to deliver IMpower, a dual-gender sexual violence intervention system that teaches girls to set boundaries, stand up and defend themselves and boys to challenge rape culture, ask for consent and intervene in attack.

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the starkest collective failures of the international community in the 21st century. Globally, it is estimated that 35% of women experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime, and in Africa, that percentage increases to 45% . In Nairobi, nearly 1 in 4 slum-dwelling females are raped each year. According to the UN Population Fund, almost 50% of all sexual assaults are against girls 15 and younger.

The most important barrier to scaling IMpower effectively so far has been the capacity to provide high quality training to Instructors around the world. In response, NMNW will be training 6 Female Global Master Trainers who will become the backbone of efforts around the world.

In September 2018, NMNW will begin an intensive 10-week training process at the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota in order to train a team of Female Global Master Trainers and concurrently roll out the first ever pilot program of IMpower in the United States. The first 4 weeks of this training will be an intensive-workshop based skills training, which is funded by CDC/EGPAF. Following this classroom training, the Master Trainers will spend the following 6 weeks delivering the IMpower intervention with youth, ages 10-20, from the Rosebud Reservation. This practical hands-on training is a required component of the Master Trainer Training process.

Following, NMNW will conduct a thorough evaluation of the program. Currently being sought is work with leading researchers from the University of New Hampshire as well as educators, practitioners, elders, and other members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST) Nation to design and implement a formative and summative mixed methods evaluation of the program. The primary objective of the research will be to inform the development of a culturally appropriate approach to delivering IMpower in Native American communities, and to examine the ancillary impact of IMpower on other social outcomes such as drug and alcohol use, suicide, and bullying.