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Preventing Violence against Women and Girls: Community Activism Approaches to Shift Harmful Gender Attitudes, Roles and Social Norms

Preventing Violence against Women and Girls: Community Activism Approaches to Shift Harmful Gender Attitudes, Roles and Social Norms

Author: 
Rachel Jewkes
Erin Stern
Leane Ramsoomar
Publication Date
Saturday, September 28, 2019

"Rigorous evaluations have shown the potential for preventing VAWG through multi-year, intensive change interventions with well-trained and supported community action teams, that purposefully engage both women and men to effect change."

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is driven in part by socially reproduced and shared attitudes and norms on gender inequality and the acceptability of violence. Women's rights organisations across the Global South have undertaken interventions to challenge these social norms. Funded by UK Aid from the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID), What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Global Programme (What Works) has generated evidence on the effect of these interventions in a range of settings.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.whatworks.co.za/documents/publications/357-social-norms-briefweb-28092019/file" target="_blank">Click here for the 16-page document in PDF format.</a></div>
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Advancing Learning and Innovation on Gender Norms (ALIGN) website, February 10 2020. Image credit: Tearfund

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