Ntokozo Yingwana explores the importance of a collective strategy for impact, inspired by a recent global learning workshop on engaging men and boys in sexual and gender-based violence initiatives. The workshop brought together partners from Egypt, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda.
Effective organised activism against gender based violence (GBV)
Collective action and tackling gender-based violence (GBV)
Gender justice is not just a fight for women, by women: a clear message from the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) which took place 9-20 March 2015 in New York.
It is not enough to have a targets and commitments on SGBV if this is not connected to political processes of change, but collective action can help bridge this gap for a transformative agenda and address the underlying causes of violent inequality across scale, from the global to the local.
Thea Shahrokh and Elizabeth Mills argue that commitments and targets for ending SGBV are not enough if not connected to political processes of change
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) remains one of the most pressing concerns of our era. Finding effective strategies to collectively address the ubiquity of SGBV must therefore be central to the work of gender activists, researchers and campaigners.
Amy Hall from the Interactions team will be in New York from 9-20 March and following conversation around sexual and gender-based violence at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women.
The Institute of Development Studies, Sonke Gender Justice and the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation have published a case study which explores the value and limitations of collective action in challenging the community, political, social and economic institutions that reinforce harmful masculinities and gender norms related to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).