News from What Works to Prevent VAWG

The DFID-funded research consortium – What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls – launched its website on 10 December 2014. On the same day, the group released the news of a first wave of grantees to receive funds through the consortium.

The new website boasts resources and a blog for those interested in innovative projects to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG).

Violence against women and girls is not just about individually violent men. It is a much larger systemic issue. Violence is caused by gender inequality and related to ideas about men needing to be strong and in control. That means we can’t work with men and boys in isolation from the realities of the wider world. To stop violence against women, we need to change the norms and structural gender inequalities in society.

Lori Heise, Director of the Gender, Violence and Health Centre, LSHTM

The What Works programme is funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID) and led by the South African Medical Research Council, in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Social Development Direct.

Led by Rachel Jewkes, the programme:

  • conducts cutting-edge research
  • supports innovation
  • promotes knowledge sharing and builds capacity
  • drives the policy agenda

A key resource in this work is an evidence review by Lori Heise and published by the STRIVE consortium: What Works to Prevent Partner Violence? An Evidence Overview. Heise reviews findings from low- and middle-income countries on effective programmes to prevent violence against women by their husbands and other male partners. Other, related reviews are collected here: Evidence summaries

What Works is on Twitter @WhatWorksVAWG and on Facebook WhatWorksVAWG

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