Violence Against Women and Girls
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) affects one-third of all women globally in their lifetimes and is one of the leading causes of death and disability of women of all ages. Women who experience intimate partner violence are twice as likely to experience depression and 16 percent more likely to have a low birth weight baby. Violence against women also contributes to the poverty of individual women and to the poverty of their families and communities (World Health Organization).
As an integral part of our commitment to improve the lives of girls and women and eradicate extreme urban poverty, WomenStrong’s VAWG lab will focus on learning and sharing solutions for eliminating VAWG. These solutions include programs that focus on primary prevention, such as school- and community-based initiatives that address the root causes or risk factors for violence; secondary prevention programs to prevent further violence against survivors; and programs that improve the ability of health care workers, the police, and others to provide appropriate services to survivors.
Through WomenStrong’s work to-date with founding members in Kenya, Ghana, and India, we have seen firsthand how programs in other sectors, such as economic empowerment programs, may address some of the underlying drivers of violence. These organizations have discovered that they have a greater impact on improving the lives of women and families when they integrate VAWG prevention activities or link with others working on VAWG.
We look forward to launching the VAWG Lab in Fall 2019. Please revisit this page for more information, including links to best practices and research, closer to the launch date.
Field Resources for Violence Against Women and Girls
Every Hour Matters: Youth Engagement Toolkit
In 2016, Together for Girls launched the Every Hour Matters (EHM) campaign to increase awareness of the critical importance of quickly accessing post-rape care. The EHM Youth Engagement Toolkit is a unique new resource created for the campaign. It includes key messages and organizing tools designed specifically to guide youth-led organizations in delivering vital information on post-rape care to the youth populations they serve in the form of educational workshops.
Source: Together For GirlsView This Resource
Spread the Love: Share our #CitiesForWomen Infographic [pdf]
This infographic highlights the challenges millions of women and girls face every day around the world because of urban infrastructure that does not take into account women’s needs.
Source: WomenStrong InternationalDownload This Resource
Alcohol use and intimate partner violence among women and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa [pdf]
Alcohol use is a well-documented risk factor for intimate partner violence (IPV); however, the majority of research on this issue comes from high-income countries. This article by Wietse Tol and colleagues evaluated the relationship between male partner alcohol use and experiencing IPV in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: Global Mental HealthDownload This Resource