Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Faith-based Resources

Gender-based Violence Learning Hub is a collection of resources on sexual and gender-based violence from the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.

SASA! Activist Kit | SASA! Activist Kit is designed to address the imbalance of power between women and men, girls and boys which is a core driver of violence against women and HIV. SASA! inspires and enables communities to rethink and reshape social norms. It is a project of Raising Voices, a nonprofit organization based in Kampala, Uganda working toward the prevention of violence against women and children. There is a specific tool for faith communities: SASA! Faith

Singing to the Lions Toolkit | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) released this toolkit to help people recover from traumatic events. It is available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic. It was developed in Zimbabwe by a child psychologist.

Tushinde Ujeuri | Tushinde Ujeuri is a comprehensive program to help communities respond to and prevent gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The program is funded by USAID and implemented by IMA World Health. It is a five-year project running from November 2017 to October 2022, and aims to strengthen community-based prevention of and response to GBV in eastern Congo; effectively reducing GBV incidence and improving the quality of and access to holistic care for survivors, particularly among vulnerable groups. The project works in an integrated manner to help communities demonstrate greater acceptance of positive gender roles; improve availability of community-level GBV-related services; and reduce stigma surrounding reintegrated survivors.

Violence Against Women and Girls. Does Faith Matter? Policy Brief

We Will Speak Out (WWSO) is a global coalition of Christian-based NGOs, churches and organizations, supported by an alliance of technical partners and individuals who together commit themselves to see the end of sexual violence across communities around the world.

Resources from Tearfund and Transforming Masculinities Initiative

Tearfund UK’s Footsteps Magazine | Issue 106 | This issue of Footsteps focuses on inspiring ideas from around world to counter SGBV, including  Paz y Esperanza in Latin America, which is empowering women economically to make them less vulnerable to SGBV; practical ways of helping survivors of SGBV on their journey to healing; and addressing and ending female genital mutilation/cutting.

Tearfund Resources on Gender Norms and Reducing Sexual & Gender Based Violence | Tearfund shares examples on reducing SGBV from from Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Rwanda.

Transforming Masculinities (English) | This guide is a useful tool to lead workshops with faith leaders as well as to train Gender Champions. It is designed to be interactive and self-reflective to enable participants to explore, discuss and reflect on their own attitudes, beliefs and behaviors regarding gender equality and sexual and gender-based violence. They can then lead others through the same process. This resource is also available in French and Portuguese.

Working with Faith-based Communities: Baseline Findings from the Masculinity, Family and Faith Study

Hand in hand: Bible studies to transform our response to sexual violence (English) | This booklet contains 12 Bible studies covering a range of topics related to sexual violence. The booklet includes guidance for facilitators and advice on adapting the Bible studies for use as sermons. This resource is also available in French and Portuguese.

Resources from Secular Partners

Caring for women subjected to violence: A WHO curriculum for training health-care providers | This curriculum from the World Health Organizations is designed to provide health-care providers, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, with a foundation for responding to domestic/ intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women. The curriculum seeks to build skills and to address providers’ attitudes towards survivors of violence. Participants will learn how to provide women-centered clinical care, including identifying women experiencing violence, providing first-line support though the LIVES approach (Listen, Inquire, Validate, Enhance safety and Support), providing essential clinical care for survivors, and identifying local support resources.

Gender-Based Violence Quality Assurance Tool | 2018 | This Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Quality Assurance Tool offers health care providers, facilities, and program planners a straightforward way to start, strengthen or expand post-GBV health services through the use of evidence-based standards. Available in English and French.

What Works To Prevent Sexual Violence Against Children | Together for Girls, in partnership with The Equality Institute and the Oak Foundation, undertook a systematic review of proven solutions and best practices to prevent and respond to sexual violence against children and youth (SVAC). The review was completed in collaboration with a group of experts and allied organizations and highlights evidence-based solutions from around the world — from a girl’s empowerment initiative in India to justice reform in Guatemala to school-based education program in the United States.