What works to prevent violence against women and girls?

STRIVE attended a learning event targeted at practitioners and academics to consider the latest evidence and practice to eradicate violence against women and girls globally.

  1. The event, held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was hosted by What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls. Funded by UKaid, this global programme is the largest single investment in violence prevention knowledge production.
  2. The opening talk was given by Emily Esplen, a DfID advisor, who expressed her department's commitment to supporting programmes working towards ending violence against women and girls.
  3. Professor Rachel Jewkes, Director of the What Works to Prevent Violence Global Programme, gave a presentation on the drivers of violence against women and girls and what works to prevent it.
  4. This presentation highlighted interventions that had successfully challenged the social norms that drive intimate partner violence.
  5. Learn more about SASA! by watching the STRIVE video :
  6. A presentation from Henri Myrttinen, head of gender and peace building at Alert, shared research findings exploring social norms driving gender inequality in Tajikistan.
  7. Erin Stern presented findings from Indashikirwa, an intervention that works with couples in Rwanda to tackle intimate partner violence.
  8. Erin Stern, recently presented a Learning Lab on how this programme was adapted from two other successful interventions to fit the Rwandan context. Find out more about how the Indashikirwa intervention was developed by watching the Learning Lab recording below:
  9. Learning Lab 57: Research to inform adaptation: An IPV case study from Rwanda
  10. The second half of the learning event focused on violence against women and girls in conflict and humanitarian settings.
  11. Mary Ellsberg drew attention to the ways in which conflict can increase the odds of intimate partner violence, drawing on research conducted in camps in South Sudan.
  12. Read the full report of this study below.
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