Gender violence

Gender-based violence describes acts which result in physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, according to the United Nations. It is a global issue, affecting thousands. Women and girls are the most vulnerable to this form of violence but increasingly men and boys are also affected. Tackling gender-based violence requires attention to a number of interrelated areas, including prevention, treatment and legal frameworks.

Uganda, Amuru. Third day of 16 days of activism against gender violence - women demonstrate to demand an end to violence against women. Image credit: Panos

At IDS we believe that work to end gender-based violence will be more successful if it harnesses the power of collective action. Organised activism against gender-based violence is a key way of creating transformative change on attitudes, norms and behaviours, as well as pushing for change in policy and practice.

In our research, we specifically explore:

Interactions: real-time research on gender-based violence

Interactions is an IDS-hosted interactive online resource on Empowering Women and Girls, featuring real-time research and analysis.

The website provides background information on definitions and prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV), examples of some of the most successful interventions and programmes designed to tackle GBV, and an explanation of collective action and its importance in addressing GBV. There is also a list of key reading on the topic, as well as selected case studies gathered in our research.

Key resources from IDS

Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements

The BRIDGE Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements aims to inspire and support collaborative approaches to mobilisation around shared equity and justice concerns. More details

Domestic Violence in Ghana: Prevalence, Incidence and Causes

Providing an in-depth understanding of determinants of domestic violence in Ghana, to strengthen advocacy and advance legal, policy and programmatic interventions aimed at countering domestic violence in Ghana. More details

Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Change for Gender Equality (EMERGE)

Our goal is to enable stronger leadership for working with boys and men to promote gender equality. We will do this by gathering, inter-relating and analysing evidence and lessons. These will be strategically disseminated in targeted and accessible formats for improved learning, policy and practice. More details

Gender Based Violence in the Gaza Strip After Israeli Operation 'Protective Edge’

The proposed research attempts to contribute to our knowledge of VAW incidence and prevalence as well as responses, coping strategies and mechanisms of support in the five governorates in Gaza 2015. More details

Interactions Eldis Website

Interactions is an IDS-hosted interactive online resource on Empowering Women and Girls, featuring real-time research and analysis. The website features up-to-the minute research findings and policy analysis on gender-based violence, urban health and unpaid care work from IDS and partners More details

Men, Masculinities and HIV

The Men, Masculinities and HIV project is one of the workstreams of the Gender, Power and Sexuality (GPS) programme, funded by Sida. This work stream aims to influence norms and institutions at global and local levels to more effectively tackle the challenge of achieving gender equality, and particularly looking at the role of men in this process. More details

Participation and Gender Justice: Political Empowerment

This project is part of the Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme, funded by Sida. The project is working on two parallel initiatives, firstly, exploring political empowerment programmes for women and secondly, engaging with the international community to challenge and expose gendered forms of violence, particularly when this is politically motivated. More details

Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Programme Consortium

Pathways is a research and communication programme which seeks to discover where women are achieving real gains despite or because of policy and practice. It looks at how this has happened, and aims to make these pathways visible so that we can build on these revealed successes. More details

Sexuality and Development Programme (2007-11)

Supporting the realisation of sexual rights and access to basic services for those facing poverty and injustice More details

Tackling Gender-Based Violence in Gaza

This project, funded through IIED's Urban Humanitarian Crises accountable grant, seeks to explore the relationships between occupation violence and sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) in the Gaza strip within the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). More details

Womens Economic Inequality and VAWG consultancy

In this consultancy, Marinella Leone is developing evidence to support arguments and recommendations made in the ActionAid report exploring the interlinkages between women’s economic inequality/ neoliberal policies and Violence against women and girls (VAWG). More details

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