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. The Activist Kit is part of the broader SASA! Approach, which 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.

Thursdays in Black | Thursdays in Black is a global campaign from the World Council of Churches to raise awareness among faith communities about sexual violence and to speak out against it. The website has resources such as flyers, badges, posters, images for videos and more.

Violence Against Women and Girls. Does Faith Matter? Policy Brief | Through the “What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)” program, Tearfund was funded by the UK Government to implement a project – ‘Engaging with Faith Groups to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict-affected Communities’. This policy paper, drawing on research conducted by Tearfund, reveals that faith leaders have unique reach and influence within conflict-affected communities and a mandate to speak into these issues. If mobilised and equipped, they can play a key role in more effective prevention of and response to VAWG.

Resources from Tearfund and Transforming Masculinities Initiative

Endline Results Brief from Passages Project | The Passages Project recently released its endline results brief for Masculinité, Famille, et Foi (MFF). The MFF project, an adaptation of the Tearfund-developed ‘Transforming Masculinities’ approach implemented from 2015-2020, worked within faith communities and with faith leaders to promote positive masculinities and gender equality to reduce gender-based violence and increase acceptability of family planning. This results brief shares findings from the quantitative endline evaluation of Masculinité, Famille et Foi, showing promising shifts in norms for FP use, among other outcomes within key populations.

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.

Working with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV): The Journey to Healing Program is a Collection of Tools and Resources from TearFund Learn. The Journey to Healing approach creates safe peer-to-peer spaces for healing from sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and supports the global survivor movement.

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.

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 (Revised 2021) | 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.

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.