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Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls Mainstreaming in Development Programmes

By Tamsin Bradley, Janet Gruber Copyright 2022
    240 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls argues that women and girls are vulnerable across all areas of society, and that therefore a commitment to end violence against women and girls needs to be embedded into all development programmes, regardless of sectorial focus.

    This book presents an innovative framework for sensitisation and action across development programmes, based on emerging best practices and lessons learnt, and illustrated through a number of country contexts and a range of programmes. Overall, it argues that SDG 5 can only be achieved with a systematic model for mainstreaming an end to violence against women and girls, no matter what the priorities of the particular development programme might be. Demonstrating how the approach can be applied across contexts, the authors explore cases from the energy sector, health and humanitarian intervention, and from countries as varied as South Sudan, Myanmar, Rwanda, Nepal, and Kenya.

    Drawing on nearly three decades of experience working on gender, health, and violence against women programmes as both practitioners and academics, the authors present key lessons which can be used by students, researchers, and practitioners alike.


    1 Theorising violence against women and girls

    2 VAWG mainstreaming – a framework for action

    3 Women, internal displacement, and violence in Nepal and Myanmar

    4 Focus on VAWG in humanitarian emergencies: the scale of the problem and responses

    5 VAWG prevention and response in humanitarian emergencies: an overview of current approaches and gaps in knowledge

    6 VAWG and conflict: focus on women, peace, and security

    7 The rule of law, women’s rights, and VAWG prevention and response

    8 How to mainstream VAWG across sectors: two examples from modern slavery and sustainable energy programming

    9 Funding for VAWG prevention and response: gaps and opportunities

    Conclusion: the Covid-19 pandemic and implications for VAWG prevention and response and gender equality


    Tamsin Bradley is a social anthropologist and applied researcher who has worked for over 20 years to end violence against women and girls by researching evidence around what works to end it. She is currently Professor of International Development at the University of Portsmouth and has projects across South Asia and Africa. She has published four monographs, two edited volumes, and many journal articles.

    Janet Gruber is a social anthropologist, a development practitioner, and academic. In a career spanning 25 years she has worked on VAWG prevention and response, gender equality, health and rights, and access to justice. Janet has worked in humanitarian emergencies, in conflict and fragile state environments, and in development settings. Janet has a PhD from Cambridge University and is currently Gibbs Research Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. Publications include book chapters and journal articles on Mainstreaming of VAWG prevention, HIV & AIDS in conflict and fragile states, refugee return, and gender equality.

    "This is a ground-breaking book that challenges the VAWG prevention and response orthodoxy. Evidence from the online-surveys, field work and document reviews are used to build a VAWG Prevention and Response Framework that can be adapted and applied across sectors, in both development and humanitarian emergency contexts. Case studies from across the world provide detailed examples of what works, focusing too on what does not and the blinkered gender-blind approaches that are too often applied." -- Maureen Leah Chirwa, Health Systems Research and Management Specialist, founder of a woman established research firm, Prime Health Consulting and Services in Malawi