By investing in women leaders who strengthen the design and implementation of legal frameworks, provide services to victims and change attitudes and behaviors about gender-based violence, we are chipping away at the greatest unfinished business of our time: ending violence against women around the world.
VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE
Voices Against Violence: The Gender-Based Violence Global Initiative is a public-private partnership led by Vital Voices and funded with support from the State Department and the Avon Foundation. The program, led by a Consortium including Vital Voices, Promundo, CARE and Global Fund for Women, is designed to ensure that victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices around the world have better access to services, protection and the justice they deserve.
The Initiative implements comprehensive activities to address the following objectives:
- Victims/Survivors of extreme forms of GBV have increased access to global resources that allow them to address their urgent needs in the aftermath of violence or the threat of violence;
- Survivors of GBV have improved protections and access to justice, and CSOs have access to resources to advocate on behalf of survivors; and
- An international network is established to serve as a focal point and coordinate efforts around GBV.
In an effort to support increased access to resource for survivors, the Initiative provides urgent assistance to support survivors of extreme forms of GBV and harmful practices. Survivors may receive short-term assistance to support immediate, short-term needs in the aftermath of violence.
Specialized trainings for law enforcement and justice system actors around victim protection laws are a key strategy related to improving protections for survivors of GBV. Vital Voices implements multi-disciplinary trainings called Justice Institutes that aim to do just that, while also promoting offender accountability. These trainings are offered in various regions globally and focus on a holistic response to GBV.
Other areas of focus include specialized capacity-building programming focused on early and forced marriage in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. This program engages multi-disciplinary actors to address legal reform as well as the complex social issues that may contribute to early and forced marriage in this region. A similar program is being implemented to address female genital mutilation and cutting in West Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia, with a significant focus on addressing social and cultural norms that contribute to this harmful practice.
In addition to specialized trainings, the Initiative develops other training tools and resources, such as research to understand how to best to engage men and boys around GBV prevention. Further, competitive grant funding in targeted areas to increase community service organizations’ capacities to meet the identified needs of survivors. Grants are available by invitation only.
The Voices Against Violence Consortium serves as a global focal point for coordinating urgent responses to survivors. The Consortium convenes GBV actors via regional events to initiate dialogue and to further collaboration and innovation in the field. Through its vast global network of women leaders and in partnership with the other Consortium members, Vital Voices also seeks to create a global directory of GBV resources so that survivors may be quickly connected with a service provider who can offer support.