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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Sexual and gender-based violence

  1. Understanding sexual and gender-based violence in relation to the political, social and economic processes that drive gender inequality
  2. Evidence on the interplay between changing experiences of sexual and gender-based violence and the formal or informal institutions that govern men and women’s lives
  3. Evidence on the roles of boys and men in influencing or enabling interventions to address sexual and gender based violence in all its forms
  4. Best practice examples of where development interventions and approaches are engaging men and boys to effectively address sexual and gender-based violence


World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development (WDR)

What is the relationship between gender equality and current economic processes? This report is an analysis of the state of gender equality worldwide, with a focus on the economics of gender equality and development. It provides a conceptual framework that examines the factors that have fostered change and the constraints that have slowed progress in relation to gender equity.

Engaging Boys and Young Men in the Prevention of Sexual Violence: A systematic and global review of evaluated interventions

Rape and sexual forms of violence against women are often the least visible and reported. While the underlying causes of sexual violence are multiple and complex, among the core causes are unequal gender norms and power dynamics between men and women. It is increasingly argued that men’s use of violence is a learned behaviour, rooted in the ways that boys and men are socialised.

Involving men in reproductive health: contributions to development

What are the key issues around involving men in reproductive health? This paper reviews a variety of existing global data on men’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs, attitudes and practices and identifies current gaps in this body of knowledge. The authors also highlight policy work that support and institutionalise male involvement in reproductive health, as well as programs that involve men in reproductive health, emphasising the evolution of such programming and policy, as well as best practices and success stories.

Community development: a gendered activism? The masculinities question

How can community development initiatives contribute to changing men’s perceptions, beliefs, attitudes and behaviour in regard to promoting gender equality? In Nicaragua, a number of development NGOs started to engage in challenging hegemonic masculinity in the 1990s, because women within those organisations began to emphasise the connections between social justice and gender justice.

Masculinities Matter for Indigenous Women’s Political Participation: Exploring the limitations and potentials posed by masculinities for improving the political participation of indigenous women in Oaxaca, Mexico

How can indigenous women’s political participation in positions of authority improve? Although there have been many initiatives promoting indigenous women’s political participation in Mexico, successes remain to be scarce. This paper argues that success of these initiatives has been limited because the dynamics of masculinities among men have been overlooked and insufficiently addressed. The paper presents findings from nineteen case studies of indigenous women that were elected as municipal presidents in Oaxaca.

Why gender matters in activism: feminism and social justice movements

How can social movements become more gender-just? This article illustrates the challenges and successes of integrating gender equality as a core principle into social justice movements. The findings are based on three case studies analysing experience from the global human rights movement, with a focus on Amnesty International, the CLOC Via Campesina movement in Latin America, and the Occupy movement in the United States. The case studies have been developed as part of the three-year BRIDGE Cutting Edge programme on gender and social movements.

Between Women's Rights and Men's Authority: Masculinity and Shifting Discourses of Gender Difference in Urban Uganda

How have African men understood the shifts for women’s rights that have become integral to international declarations and grassroots activism? This article draws on ethnographic research from Kampala, exploring how ordinary men and women from urban Uganda understand women’s rights and notions of masculinity. The findings relate to 69 in-depth interviews conducted with men and women and several group discussions.

Global Overview 2014: People Internally Displaced by Conflict and Violence

Estimates say that there were 33.3 million internally displaced people (IDP’s) in the world as of the end of 2013. Forced to flee their homes by armed conflict, generalised violence, and human rights violations. Conflict and disaster impact men and women differently, underlining the need for knowledge on currently displaced populations.


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