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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Programs

Programs providing comprehensive response to GBV, projects seek to increase protection of survivors, prosecution of perpetrators, and prevention of future crimes (organized by region)


 Africa  East Asia and Pacific  Europe
 Near East and North Africa  South and Central Asia  Western Hemisphere



Combating GBV in Schools, Benin (Small Grants Initiative)
This project focuses on combating gender based violence against girls in schools with high incidences of GBV. Working in close collaboration with the ministries of education, the project will raise awareness of GBV in schools and the legal protections that exist, and develop a support network (students, Parent Teacher Association members, health care workers, police, lawyers and magistrates specializing in GBV and social workers) to respond to cases of GBV in the schools and provide support to GBV survivors.

Promoting Women’s Legal Rights, Uganda (Small Grants Initiative)
The project is focused on legal education and assistance to women survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), through the provision of paralegal training to community health workers, conducting legal aid outreach events, producing a short documentary of SGBV survivor stories, and training practicing lawyers on women’s legal rights, particularly those covered under the new legislation.

Women for Action Project, Gambia (Small Grants Initiative)
This project seeks to accomplish three goals: promotion and advocacy of legal reform for the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); promotion and advocacy of legal reform of the national Women’s Rights Bill; and, the sensitization of civil society on the practice and implementation of women’s legal rights under the local Muslim law with regards to FGM, early marriage, trafficking, and other personal litigation issues, including inheritance.

Stigma Reduction and Economic Empowerment for Women and Girl Survivors of Sexual Violence, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Small Grants Initiative)
The overall goal of the proposed program is to advance the health, economic and social well-being of women and girl survivors of sexual violence in rural villages in the Walungu Territory of South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). To achieve this goal, the program will provide training to build the capacity of rural health care providers to assist SGBV survivors, develop culturally appropriate mediation tools for community leaders and health practitioners to raise awareness of sexual violence and facilitate survivors’ reintegration in their families and communities; and provide microfinance loans, in the form of pigs, to improve rural women’s economic stability.

Elimination of Gender-Based Violence, Liberia (Secretary’s Fund: Avon Award)
Gender based violence cuts across all sectors of the Liberian society. Women and girls are continuously marginalized and discriminated against in homes, schools, work places, and on the professional level. Culturally, men feel they have to be in charge and should have the final say.

East Asia and Pacific

Cambodian Ending Acid Violence Research and Advocacy Project, Cambodia (Secretary’s Fund: Avon Award)
The problem of acid violence – the throwing or pouring of acid or other corrosive substances with the intention of maiming, disfiguring, torturing, or killing – has been tragically prevalent in Cambodia for a long time without concrete and appropriate response. This project aims to end acid violence and the culture of impunity surrounding it through fact and evidence based research. Dialogue and advocacy initiatives are undertaken to drive improved access for acid victims and to hold perpetrators accountable.

Empowerment of Teenage Mothers and Victims of Sexual Abuse, Mongolia (Small Grants Initiative)
This project is designed to assist and empower two marginalized groups of young woman and girls: teenage mothers and victims of sexual abuse. This project not only protects and assists those women most in need but also empowers those most likely to have an impact on society, especially talented women in rural areas whose opportunities are limited in comparison with those of their urban counterparts.

Women’s Access to Justice: More Effective Resolutions for GBV, Timor-Leste (Small Grants Initiative)
In Timor-Leste, female victims of violence are denied justice, whether they seek it through the formal legal process or use community or traditional mechanisms. The project focuses on strengthening state intuitions responsible for handling cases of gender-based violence through training, workshops, round table discussions and advocacy. Activities include monitoring the police, judiciary, and prosecutor’s office and documenting to what extent the responsible state institutions are effective in terms of existing laws in handling cases of gender-based violence. The data collected will be compiled for analysis. The program also raises public awareness of women’s rights and influences decision makers to strengthen legal mechanisms and implementation to assure women’s rights and access to justice.


Project to Prevent Violence Against Women in the Southern Federal Region, Russian Federation (Small Grants Initiative)
This project works with civil society non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and public servants in the south of Russia to address and to reduce gender based violence with the goal of increasing public awareness of the issues surrounding GBV. Through educational seminars for psychologists, teachers, and legal representatives from NGOs and state run social services, the program strengthens and develops the organizational and national network against GBV.

Demystifying Gender Based Violence for Future Journalists: From Self Awareness to Gender Sensitive Reporters, Turkey (Secretary’s Fund: AVON Award)
One of the most important social actors in preventing gender based violence in Turkey is the media; however, its crucial role is often overlooked or not acknowledged. Negative and stereotyped images of women in the media, and the ways in which the media reports on gender based violence (as a lesser crime or a violation of Turkish cultural values) contributes to the acceptance of gender-based violence as a norm. This project fills this gap by training 40 journalism faculty students from five Turkish universities on gender awareness and gender based violence over the course of six months. The students collectively prepare a TV program on gender based violence and the importance of media in prevention efforts for national broadcast at the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT). Furthermore, they serve as trainers in their respective universities by utilizing the Training Manual and DVDs prepared during the training course to educate 600 fellow students.

Near East and North Africa

Creating Attitudes in ADAA Favorable to the Elimination of the Practice of FGM, Egypt (Secretary’s Fund: Avon Award)
This program aims to increase knowledge of and promote attitudes opposing the violence against women and related issues within the community through the dissemination of appropriate and relevant information. Awareness activities will be implemented to increase the knowledge and skills of individuals and groups to express their opinions on gender based violence and FGM. Interventions will consist of: a) education sessions for both female and male adolescents b) group discussions with elder women, and mothers in-law; c) awareness campaigns for young mothers; d) special efforts to reach and change the attitudes and practices of the practitioners of FGM; and e) community-wide dissemination of information, in the form of pamphlets, posters, brochures that include right health messages with regard to violence and FGM.

South and Central Asia

Empowering Women against Gendered Violence- Enforcing Right Through the Indian Legal System, India (Avon Award for Elimination of GBV)
This two-year project develops sustainable processes that allow victims of gender-based violence in the National Capital region to access and use the Indian legal system. Through a combination of direct legal services to women victimized by violence, training organizations and individuals who provide shelter and counseling to victims of gendered violence in accessing the legal system, ‘know-your-rights’ publications, fact finding surveys, legal advocacy, and networking and campaigns, victims will be better equipped to combat violations of their rights.

Innovative Street Theatre Advocacy to Mainstream GBV Interventions Locally, India (Avon Award for Elimination of GBV)
The project utilizes street theater and workshops to increase awareness of gender-based violence. When implemented in villages in Karnataka, it will include street theater development programs, 19 workshops, and programs to develop 50 street theater village groups. Its program mobilizes other stakeholders, like self-help groups and youth forums, on gender-based violence. Street theatre activism through young male advocates against GBV is an innovative strategy to mainstream the issue at the community level – a demand side preventive approach. The project transforms young men and boys that are critical gatekeepers as powerful partners/allies to overcome GBV and other obstacles that women face in society. The whole community – both men and women - is introduced to “the GBV issue” rather than exclude it as “a woman only issue.”

Combating GBV, Pakistan (Small Grants Initiative)
This project discourages GBV practices through awareness-raising in Quetta and improves GBV survivors’ access to medical and legal services. It also strengthens the economic position of 400 refugee women through skills development and entrepreneurship opportunities and advocates with state institutions to improve their support mechanisms in dealing with GBV cases in Quetta.

Combating Violence against Rural Women in Pakistan, Pakistan (Small Grants Initiative)
This project informs and sensitizes girls and women, police, media representatives, lawyers, and local authorities in three select rural districts on the forms of violence against women and the application of existing and recently-passed legislation on sexual harassment that protects women. Given the country‘s worst flood disaster in the history of Pakistan, the project works with women in the IDP camps. This project raises awareness through information disseminated in relief item packages (food, clothing, etc) and establishes Women Friendly Spaces in the camps and communities where women and men have a place to discuss and report sexual harassment or GBV. It also creates a mechanism to provide legal assistance to female victims with local lawyers, conducts income-generating workshops specifically for women to help them recover, and educates local authorities.

Domestic Violence is a Human Rights Issue, Sri Lanka (Small Grants Initiative)
The main aim of this project is twofold: preventive and redressal. The project reduces and prevents violence against women and children in Sri Lanka by sensitizing and raising awareness of the issue among selected target groups. The goal of these efforts is to create an environment of equality for women to secure their well-being and reduce their vulnerability to violence.

Western Hemisphere

Increasing Access to Justice, Psychosocial and Rehabilitative Services for Victims of Commercial Exploitation and Domestic Violence, Belize (Small Grants Initiative)
The overall program strategy seeks to contribute to the prevention and elimination of commercial sex exploitation of children and adolescents and of domestic violence in Belize. The project comprises of two distinct components, which include: a) inter-agency collaboration and coordination for the education, care, protection, and rehabilitation of victims and their families, and b) increased access to justice for survivors of commercial sex exploitation and domestic violence.

Leadership Training and Community Building for Eliminating Gender-Based Violence, Jamaica (Secretary’s Fund: Avon Award)
The project is focused on providing training on defining, identifying, and sensitizing and teaching others about GBV; conducting community-based outreach programs; conducting institutional outreach and capacity building interventions; and 4) offering counseling and medical support services to teach participants effective coping strategies and healthy life style choices to eliminate GBV from their lives and communities. The components of the project are in tandem with the national program to create a safer environment in which residents can equitably participate in the sustainable socio-economic development of Jamaica.

Prevention of GBV in the Border States of Chihuahua, Mexico (Secretary’s Fund: Avon Award)
The state of Chihuahua is currently one of the most violent places in Mexico, with 10,000 murders in the last three years. Responding to this need, the project is focused on GBV prevention activities that include identifying the causes of violence, explaining survivors’ rights, and community mobilization on critical actions to respond to the violence.

Strength, Social, Legal, and Psychological Services for Victims of Violence against Women and Families, Guatemala (Small Grants Initiative)
This project builds of previous NGO successes in recent years by bringing attention to the pervasive problem of GBV in Guatemalan society, bringing much needed response and recovery services for survivors of violence, and by supporting legal and judicial advances in prosecuting perpetrators of violence against women.

The Digital Generation against GBV, Argentina (Secretary’s Fund: Avon Award)
Capitalizing on the growing internet connectivity in the country and the latest information and communication technology, this project creates a multipronged digital and highly interactive program to contribute to the prevention and elimination of GBV. The project provides on-line information, advice, capacity building, and participation for empowerment of Argentina’s youth located in the poorest and most remote areas of the country.


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