Research Reports

Report Cover: What works to prevent violence against women and girls in conflict and humanitarian crisis: Synthesis Brief

 

What works to prevent violence against women and girls in conflict and humanitarian crisis: Synthesis Brief

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an important human rights concern and a pervasive issue affecting women and girls during times of conflict and humanitarian crisis. Over the last five years, the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls research programme, funded by UK Aid, has been conducting research to expand the international community’s knowledge around VAWG and the effectiveness of programmes that seek to prevent and respond to this violence. This new brief synthesises the key results of What Works studies as well as other findings from contemporaneous research efforts published since 2015. It aims to provide an up-to-date resource for practitioners, policymakers and researchers on the state of evidence on VAWG in conflict and humanitarian settings and makes recommendations for VAWG policy, programming, and future research priorities.

 

 


Report Cover: Violence Against Adolescent Girls: Trends and Lessons for East Africa

 

Violence against Adolescent Girls: Trends and lessons for East Africa (Full Report)

This research study examines the unique experience of adolescent girls by specifically exploring the types of gender-based violence and the drivers of this violence affecting this group within the context of South Sudan, where women and girls experience high levels of gender inequality and subordination. Key findings from this mixed-methods research can inform policymakers, UN agencies and donors as they identify and support programs that will effectively prevent and respond to violence against adolescent girls in conflict and humanitarian settings. Read the policy brief.

 

 


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Intersections of violence against women and girls with state-building and peace-building: Lessons from Nepal, Sierra Leone and South Sudan (Full Report)

As part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls program, funded by the UK Department for International Development, this study draw on three case countries – Nepal, Sierra Leone and South Sudan – to address gaps in evidence and understanding on violence against women and girls during post-conflict transition. In doing so, the study aims to increase recognition of the potential for state-building and peace-building processes to more effectively institutionalize approaches to violence against women and girls, and the role that addressing such violence can play in advancing sustainable peace. 

 


Report Cover: No Safe Place (full report) woman and cows

 

No Safe Place: A lifetime of violence for conflict-affected women and girls (Full Report)

As part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls program, funded by the UK Department for International Development, this project is the first of its kind to capture population-based prevalence data on violence against women and girls in a conflict setting. The findings from this groundbreaking study will be used to inform international policy and priorities. Read the policy brief.



Report Cover Report Cover: No Safe Place (summary report) woman and cows

 

No Safe Place: A lifetime of violence for conflict-affected women and girls (Summary Report)

As part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls program, funded by the UK Department for International Development, this project is the first of its kind to capture population-based prevalence data on violence against women and girls in a conflict setting. The findings from this groundbreaking study will be used to inform international policy and priorities. Read the policy brief.

 



 


 

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A Community-Based Intervention to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls in Haiti

The purpose of this report is to document the lessons learned from a review of the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the SASA! program by Raising Voices and the Beyond Borders’ program, Power to Girls, both of which took place in Haiti. Findings from this analysis will contribute to the broader literature on adapting, testing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based interventions in developing countries.



 




 

Report Cover: The Lancet

 

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls:  What does the evidence say?

GWI carried out a groundbreaking and comprehensive review of evidence-based interventions to prevent VAWG that are now being implemented around the world. GWI’s research identified several promising programs that measurably reduce violence.

The Lancet, a premier international medical journal, published the findings in a special issue on violence against women and girls. Effective prevention models were found to have common elements: most engaged both women and men, addressed underlying gender inequalities, involved community mobilization, and transformed social norms.  

The editors of The Lancet also produced a call to action in the issue, providing government leaders with specific policy recommendations for violence prevention.  

 

 

 


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Building an evidence base: Global review of evidence about how to end violence against women (Review of reviews)

In partnership with the World Bank,  GWI carried out a comprehensive global review of the evidence base on effective interventions to prevent VAWG. The goal of the review was to broaden understanding on what works to reduce different forms of VAWG,  including intimate-partner violence,  child sexual abuse,  child and forced marriage and rape.

GWI conducted a systematic review of reviews that included 58 systematic and comprehensive reviews and over 300 individual impact evaluations.  It was published as part of the World Bank’s Voice and Agency Research Series, 2014.

 


Report Cover: Violence Against Adolescent Girls: Falling through the cracks (Gold toned background)

 

Responding to Typhoon Haiyan: women and girls left behind 

As part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls program, this study in partnership with the International Rescue Committee, examines how VAWG prevention and mitigation were carried out in the early phases of the emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The findings from this study provide further lessons on the challenges of addressing VAWG in emergencies.

 


 

Picture of the first page of the article: The effects of conflict and displacement on violence against adolescent girls in South Sudan: the case of adolescent girls in the Protection of Civilian sites in Juba

 

The effects of conflict and displacement on violence against adolescent girls in South Sudan: the case of adolescent girls in the Protection of Civilian sites in Juba

Based on secondary analysis of a larger study on VAWG in South Sudan, this article highlights the specific experience of conflict-affected adolescent girls resident in the Juba Protection of Civilian sites. Quantitative data from a cross-sectional household survey shows that the prevalence of non-partner sexual violence (NPSV) (26.5%) and intimate partner violence (IPV) (43.1% of partnered respondents) was high among a cohort of girls who were of adolescent age during the 2013 crisis.  


 

Picture of the first page of the article: Exploring the Intersection of Violence Against Women and Girls With Post-Conflict Statebuilding and Peacebuilding Processes: A New Analytical Framework

 

Exploring the Intersection of Violence Against Women and Girls With Post-Conflict Statebuilding and Peacebuilding Processes: A New Analytical Framework

This article makes three major contributions to guide researchers and policymakers in addressing VAWG in post-conflict contexts. First, it identifies critical gaps in understanding the intersection between VAWG and post-conflict statebuilding and peacebuilding processes. Second, it presents an ecological model to explore the drivers of VAWG during and after armed conflict. Third, it proposes a conceptual framework for analysing and addressing the intersections of VAWG with both post-conflict statebuilding and peacebuilding. The article concludes that application of this framework can help policymakers shape statebuilding and peacebuilding processes to more effectively institutionalise approaches to VAWG so that post-conflict transitions advance sustainable, positive peace.

 



Report Cover: Violence Against Adolescent Girls: Falling through the cracks (Gold toned background)

 

Violence Against Adolescent Girls: Falling through the cracks?

This paper explores how and why current conceptual frameworks and evidence fail to address the specific conditions of adolescent girls and their vulnerability to violence as well as examine opportunities for strengthening policies and programs for responding to and preventing violence against adolescent girls.