Sexual and gender-based Violence

SGBV, violence against children; genital cutting, FGM and other harmful practices; homicide; including men’s victimization
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Young Men for the End of Violence: Manual for Facilitators

This manual includes a conceptual framework, activities and a list of resources for working with adolescent and young men in the prevention of violence. The activities are based around three main topics: young men and their emotions, the socialization of gender and construction of masculinities, and types of gender violence and their effects for young men and their environment.  

Engaging men and boys in domestic violence prevention: Opportunities and promising approaches

‘Shift’ is an initiative aimed at significantly reducing, and eventually ending, domestic violence in Alberta. This report reviews projects and programs in North America and other countries and identifies seven promising areas for engaging men and boys in domestic violence prevention and gives examples of how these have been used as ‘entry points’ of engaging men. The themes include: engaging fathers in domestic violence prevention and and the role of sports and recreation in domestic violence prevention. 

Good Practice Brief on Male Involvement in GBV Prevention and Response: In Conflict, Post-Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis Settings in Sub-Saharan Africa

This good practice brief highlights successful examples and provides concrete methods for involving men and boys in prevention and response to GBV in conflict, post-conflict and humanitarian crisis settings in sub-Saharan Africa. It seeks to identify key areas and priorities for programming and advocacy, and to guide dialogues between multilateral organisations, civil society, government actors and donors addressing GBV prevention and response in the mentioned settings. 

2016: The year of Engaging Men and Boys in stopping gender-based violence. How a school curriculum-based approach can work

This policy brief outlines how the NGO CARE International has developed programmes to engage men and boys for over 15 years with the aim of achieving gender equality. It draws on evidence from the curriculum-based approach developed in the Balkans, and a three-year pilot programme in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. It concludes with recommendations focusing on the role that donors, governments, civil society and education specialists can play to ensure that successes can be replicated and scaled up.

A cluster randomized-controlled trial of a community mobilization intervention to change gender norms and reduce HIV risk in rural South Africa: study design and intervention

This paper describes the intervention design and implementation and presents the baseline findings of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of a two-year, theory-based community-mobilisation intervention that aimed to change gender norms and reduce HIV risk in rural Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It is among the first community approach RCTs to evaluate a gender transformative intervention, which should increase the potential for impact in desired outcomes and be useful for future scale-up if proven effective.  

Measuring Attitudes toward Gender Norms among Young Men in Brazil: Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the GEM Scale

This article describes the development and psychometric evaluation of the Gender-Equitable Men (GEM) Scale, a twenty-four-item scale to measure attitudes toward gender norms among young men. The selected key domains on gender norms, or scale items, are developed and relate to sexual and reproductive health, sexual relations, violence, domestic work, and homophobia. It was found that more support for equitable norms (i.e., higher GEM Scale scores) is significantly associated with less self-reported partner violence, more contraceptive use, and a higher education level. 

Men’s Engagement in Gender-Based Violence Prevention: A Critical Review of Evaluation Approaches

While limited research has been conducted regarding promising evaluative approaches, there are numerous promising research instruments being utilized, such as the Gender Equitable Men’s Scale. Rigorous and long-term evaluation is essential to ensure that male engagement programming is impactful at multiple levels of society. This report reviews various programmes’ evaluation approaches and design, and makes recommendations based on the findings.  It also highlights some challenges of evaluation. It is a useful source for practitioners working with men and GBV programme evaluation. 

Violence Against Women and Girls: A Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators

This report is a compendium of monitoring and evaluation indicators, which focus on VAW/G. Chapter 7, part 7.3, provides M&E indicators for programs specifically addressing work with men and boys in the prevention of VAW/G. The report is developed for managers, organizations, and policy makers working in the field of VAW/G program implementation and evaluation in developing countries, and for people who provide technical assistance to those individuals and organizations. 

Using Social Media for the Prevention of VAW: Lessons Learned from Social Media Communication Campaigns to Prevent VAW in India, China and Vietnam

Using social media sites has become a part of the daily lives of millions of people. Based on lessons learned from the Partners for Prevention regional project ‘Engaging Young Men through Social Media for the Prevention of Violence against Women’, this publication offers an understanding of how to use social media as a tool to prevent violence against women. It offers recommendations on how to develop a social media strategy, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. The report is aimed at civil society organisations, the UN and other development practitioners.

When Men Change

This is an educational video that tells the story of four men who have changed the way they think about gender equality, sexual and reproductive health, and violence. The film also illustrates effective interventions for engaging men and boys in advancing gender equality and preventing gender-based violence in settings such as the health sector and the workplace. 


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