Mathews S, Govender R, Lamb G, Boonzaier F, Dawes A, Ward C, Duma S, Baraecke L, Warton G, Artz L, Meer T, Jamieson L, Smith Towards a More Comprehensive Understanding of the Direct and Indirect Determinants of Violence against Women and Children in South Africa with a View to Enhancing Violence Prevention: Final Report

Mathews S, Govender R, Lamb G, Boonzaier F, Dawes A, Ward C, Duma S, Baraecke L, Warton G, Artz L, Meer T, Jamieson L, Smith Towards a More Comprehensive Understanding of the Direct and Indirect Determinants of Violence against Women and Children in South Africa with a View to Enhancing Violence Prevention: Final Report

The main objective of this report is to provide the  Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to Investigate the Root  Causes of Violence Against Women and Children with a critical  analysis of the risk and protective factors, or determinants,  associated with violence (physical, sexual and emotional)  against women and children in South Africa,…

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International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence-informed approach

International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence-informed approach

This revised and fully updated edition of the  International technical guidance on sexuality education benefits from a new review  of the current evidence, and reaffirms the position of sexuality education within a framework of human rights and gender  equality. It promotes structured learning about sex and relationships in a manner…

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The shrinking world of girls at puberty: Violence and gender-divergent access to the public sphere among adolescents in South Africa

The shrinking world of girls at puberty: Violence and gender-divergent access to the public sphere among adolescents in South Africa

This study of children in grades 5 and 8-9 in KwaZulu-Natal finds greater ‘gender divergence in access to the public sphere’ for older children (those in grades 8-9) than for younger children (those in grade 5).

With puberty, girls’ worlds shrink, while boys’ expand. While this is

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Handbook for Coordinating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings

Handbook for Coordinating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings

This Handbook has been produced by the global Gender-based Violence (GBV) Area of Responsibility Working Group as a quick reference tool for all individuals and agencies involved in GBV programming and coordination in humanitarian/ emergency settings. The handbook contains practical guidance on leadership roles, key responsibilities and specific actions to…

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Program H Toolkit – Working with Young Men Series

Program H Toolkit – Working with Young Men Series

A set of methodologies to motivate young men to critically reflect on rigid  norms related to manhood and how they influence their lives in different spheres: health, personal relations, sexual and reproductive health, and fatherhood. This  toolkit provides programme planners, health providers, peer educators, and others who work with young…

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Exploring Women’s Empowerment through Asset Ownership and Experience of Intimate Partner Violence

Exploring Women’s Empowerment through Asset Ownership and Experience of Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is widespread globally, with an estimated one-third of women aged 15 years and over experiencing physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner during their lifetimes. Economic empowerment, or the financial standing of women, is often thought to protect against IPV, signalling sufficient…

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Gender in the Criminal Justice System  Assessment Tool

Gender in the Criminal Justice System Assessment Tool

This  Tool  helps  guide  the  assessment  of  gender  in  the  criminal  justice  system. In  conducting  assessments  of  the  judicial  system’s  role  in  the  criminal  justice  system, the  assessor  would  ideally  use  this  tool  in  conjunction  with  other  tools  in  the  Criminal  Justice  Assessment  Toolkit.

Gender  roles  vary  widely  …

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From the Front of the Room: Sharing Your Childhood Story of Domestic Violence

From the Front of the Room: Sharing Your Childhood Story of Domestic Violence

This guide, designed for adult survivors, explores the power of storytelling and the unique value that stories of adult children exposed to domestic violence can bring to social change movements, offering guidance for 1) assessing readiness, 2) finding your voice, 3) clarifying your message, and 4) attending to your wellness….

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Common Sense Ideas for HIV Prevention and Sexual Health Programme

Common Sense Ideas for HIV Prevention and Sexual Health Programme

TIC-HIV/Sexual Health equips clients with knowledge and skills necessary to help reduce Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted disease (STD) risks. As HIV is substantially higher among U.S. prison and jail populations than among the general public, it is important that correctional settings address this immense problem. This 3-session…

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Strengthening Crime Prevention  and Criminal Justice Responses  to Violence  against Women

Strengthening Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Responses to Violence against Women

The present publication aims at supporting efforts to address these challenges  and provides countries with comprehensive guidance on how to improve, both  from a normative and operational perspective, the response of their criminal  justice system to violence against women. This publication was produced  pursuant to the request of the General…

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Handbook on Effective police responses to violence against women

Handbook on Effective police responses to violence against women

This  Handbook is designed to assist and guide police officers in the prevention of,  and response to, violence against women. While it has global applications, it is  designed primarily for use by police in transitional and developing countries where  institutional means to protect women from violence have not yet been…

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Preventing Violence, Promoting Peace A Policy Toolkit for Preventing Interpersonal, Collective and Extremist Violence

Preventing Violence, Promoting Peace A Policy Toolkit for Preventing Interpersonal, Collective and Extremist Violence

The Commonwealth Charter includes the principle that international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development, and the rule of law are essential to improving the lives of all people in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth adopted a Peace Building Commonwealth as its theme for 2017. To support this theme, Preventing…

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Global Plan of Action to prevent interpersonal violence (2016)

Global Plan of Action to prevent interpersonal violence (2016)

GLOBAL PLAN OF ACTION to strengthen the role of the health system within a national multisectoral response to address interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children. The global plan of action is a technical document informed by evidence, best practices and existing WHO technical guidance. It…

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Gender (in)equality in South African families: A call for policies and programmes to promote egalitarian gender relations in the home

Gender (in)equality in South African families: A call for policies and programmes to promote egalitarian gender relations in the home

Extremely high levels of violence and HIV/Aids have been documented in South Africa. Research has also demonstrated the ways in which particular notions of masculinity and femininity are intertwined with practices of violence and sexual risk. In particular, men and boys’ adherence to versions of masculinity that privilege dominance, physical…

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Capacity assessment of mental health services for rape victims in acute health-care settings: A rapid appraisal of services in the Western Cape Province

Capacity assessment of mental health services for rape victims in acute health-care settings: A rapid appraisal of services in the Western Cape Province

Sexual violence and HIV are two serious public health problems in South Africa. Population-based prevalence studies with men found 28.37% disclose rape perpetration and 12.25% of women report victimisation (Machisa, Jewkes et al. 2011). In 2012, UNAIDS reported substantial decreases in new HIV infections, but HIV remains a critical health…

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Rape Justice In South Africa: A Retrospective Study Of The Investigation, Prosecution And Adjudication Of Reported Rape Cases From 2012

Rape Justice In South Africa: A Retrospective Study Of The Investigation, Prosecution And Adjudication Of Reported Rape Cases From 2012

Rape is a significant societal and public health problem in South Africa. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act No. 32 of 2007 provides a legal framework for responding to sexual offences and an integrated response framework for victim-friendly service provision including the prescription of directives for…

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Economic strengthening activities in child protection interventions: An adapted systematic review

Economic strengthening activities in child protection interventions: An adapted systematic review

The past two decades have seen a growing focus on both poverty reduction and promoting children’s rights. In children’s rights, the right to protection from exploitation, abuse and violence has often been a ‘Cinderella’ area; it is considered to affect relatively few children, and as a specialist area of social…

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What can internationally comparable quantitative data tell us about how gender norms are changing?

What can internationally comparable quantitative data tell us about how gender norms are changing?

This Research and practice note outlines how standardised national surveys, opinion data and administrative data from developing countries, collected at regular intervals, can reveal important information about how gender norms affect adolescent girls, and whether prevailing norms are changing.

Developing country governments regularly collect nationally representative data relevant…

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Changing gender norms: monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects

Changing gender norms: monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects

To understand whether projects and programmes to change discriminatory gender norms affecting adolescent girls are having their intended effect – and to make the necessary changes if they are not – it is important to monitor change (or lack of change) at regular intervals.  As well as being vital to…

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