Voice ways of working -Mindful Inclusion
Venue: Siem Reap
Background and rationale
Voice is an innovative grant facility promoting inclusion and diversity of discriminated rightsholder groups in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and the Philippines. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind and to prioritise those furthest behind first. Informed by the national context, Voice works with the following rightsholder groups:
- People with disabilities
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people
- Women facing exploitation, abuse, and violence
- Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly
- Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities.
Voice aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations representing the rightsholder groups and enable them to improve their access to resources and employment, space for their political participation and citizen engagement, and access to social services such as health and education.
Voice works two-way as an innovative grant facility. Apart from providing financial support to groups and organisations through different grant types accessible to different types of organisations, it also provides a Linking and Learning programme that will nurture learning and innovation across countries and groups.
In the long run, Voice envisions empowered rightsholders who are able to express their views and demand their rights for responsive and inclusive societies.
- To reflect on our own practice and personal bias and identify what understanding and skills team members need to develop further to be at ease with the Voice ways of working.
- To clarify the values and (working) principles underpinning Voice.
- To enhance skills on participatory and respectful conversation, listening, and negotiation (including skills for conversation-based reporting).
- To understand participation, inclusion, safeguarding, SOGIESC, and other topics deemed important from a rights-based perspective; To be able to identify and address barriers.
- To increase our knowledge on all rightsholder groups and to develop a tips and guides book/publication/report/ that can be used by all Voice team members in their day to day work and interaction with grantees. This will also serve as a knowledge base that can be used by new Voice team members and probably other NGOS working on inclusion
For more information about Voice: https://cambodia.oxfam.org/voices; https://voice.global/