This section includes an array of programs and approaches implemented in different parts of the world to address VAW. These include programs that address structural gender inequality and discrimination using development sectors such as justice, health, and education, as well as approaches to VAW prevention and intervention by mobilizing communities and specifically engaging men.
The document highlights and synthesizes issues and concerns related to addressing VAW globally. Promising practices from different countries to address VAW in areas of law, service provision, and prevention are included. The document concludes with recommendations for action in seven key strategic areas.
Preventing and Responding to Violence against women in Middle and Low-Income Countries: A Global Review and Analysis
This document reviews promising initiatives to prevent and respond to VAW globally with a specific focus on physical intimate partner violence and sexual violence by any perpetrator. Included in this document are promising initiatives in justice, health, and education sectors, as well as those using multi-sectoral approaches.
This document briefly discusses the scope, magnitude, consequences, and causes of VAW, and highlights the importance of coordination between sector-specific approaches, civil society initiatives, and government institutions to address VAW. The document includes examples of national commissions and community-based networks to improve inter-sectoral coordination.
This document notes the connection between achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and preventing violence against women, and presents recommendations for integrating initiatives to address VAW into MDG strategies.
This document reviews promising initiatives to promote gender equality and the effectiveness of such approaches in reducing VAW. These include school-based programs, community interventions such as microfinance, public awareness campaigns, and initiatives that engage men.
Addressing violence against women in the Latin American and Caribbean Region: A critical review of interventions
This document presents an overview of gender-based violence in Latin America and examines good practice interventions to prevent such violence in four sectors: justice, health, education, and multi-sectoral approaches.
This document underscores the role of educational reforms in preventing violence against women and presents promising practices in educational reforms and VAW prevention.
Improving the Health Sector Response to Gender Based Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Professionals in Developing Countries
This manual presents lessons learned from a regional initiative to increase organizational capacity to respond to gender-based violence. The manual offers tools for responding to violence against women and discusses challenges and debates about how health sector should respond to VAW in developing countries.
From October 27-29, 2009, a working group of expert researchers, policymakers, and practitioners met to review the current state of evidence and practice in developing and implementing interventions and strategies to address the intersections of violence against women and HIV. The meeting aimed to make policy and programmatic recommendations for national and international HIV/AIDS programs and develop an agenda for future program development, evaluation and research efforts. This report summarizes the presentations, discussions and recommendations from the meeting.
Violence Prevention: The Evidence - Reducing violence through victim identification, care and support programs
This document presents a global review of interventions that identify and respond to victims of interpersonal violence, including screening tools, education programs, mandatory reporting systems, and multi-agency risk assessments. Also included in this document is a review of programs that offer care and support to survivors.
Engaging Men and Boys in Changing Gender-Based Inequity in Health: Evidence from Programme Interventions
The review analyzed data from 58 evaluation studies of interventions with men and boys. Interventions were rated on their gender approach, using the following categories: gender-neutral - programs that distinguish little between the needs of men and women, neither reinforcing nor questioning gender roles; gender-sensitive - programs that recognize the specific needs and realities of men based on the social construction of gender roles; or gender-transformative - approaches that seek to transform gender roles and promote more gender-equitable relationships between men and women.
This is an educational manual for working with men to question non-equitable views about masculinity and develop more positive attitudes to prevent unhealthy behaviors that put them and their partners and families at risk. It can also be used to train facilitators who will implement workshop activities with groups of men. The activities are intended for use with men of all ages, although some adaptations might have to be made depending on the ages of the men and the country and community context. These activities can also be adapted for use with groups of men and women.
This document has two papers and an inventory of organizations and initiatives that engage men in VAW prevention. These resources were prepared for a sub-regional training workshop.
The paper begins with a look at the historical efforts in Canada and the development of work with men and boys to end gender-based violence around the world. The paper examines root causes of gender-based violence, including socialization of men, power and patriarchy, masculinities, and gender inequality. Also included are promising strategies, best practices, and effective frameworks for engaging men and boys in the effort to reduce and prevent gender-based violence.
Engaging Boys and Young Men in the Prevention of Sexual Violence: A Systematic and Global Review of Evaluated Interventions
This review of existing research examines the effectiveness of interventions for preventing boys’ and young men’s use of sexual violence.
This toolkit offers a comprehensive, user-friendly program tool for organizations interested in mobilizing communities to prevent violence against women and HIV infection. Included in this toolkit are practical resources, activities, and monitoring and assessment tools for local activism, media and advocacy, communication, and training materials.
Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Organizations in East and Southern Africa
This resource guide describes a five-phased process of community mobilization, using five key strategies and participatory activities. The goal is to help organizations develop and implement a domestic violence project in their communities. Included here are full color examples of communication materials, a comprehensive community activism course, and planning, monitoring, and documentation tools.
Designed in collaboration with religious leaders from countries around the world, this toolkit offers religious leaders, faith communities and Inter-religious Councils the practical resources and tools to carry out awareness, prevention and advocacy programs to help end to violence against women.
This manual offers guidance to trainers who are conducting workshops for religious leaders and women leaders of faith on gender-based violence and HIV. It offers resources and approaches to use in training to raise awareness and to motivate action planning to address gender-based violence and HIV issues.
A Call to Act: Engaging Religious Leaders and Communities in Addressing Gender-based Violence and HIV
This document offers information and guidance to religious leaders, communities, and institutions on gender-based violence and HIV, why they should address the issues, and how they can address them through specific activities and approaches.
This document discusses the role of cultural and social norms in promoting VAW and presents promising interventions aiming to change these norms. The document also identifies challenges in rigorously evaluating the effectiveness of such interventions.