from domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful traditional practices.
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: 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, IOM and Global Fund for Women, is designed to ensure that victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful traditional 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:
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 traditional 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.
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The Justice Institutes on Gender-Based Violence, a key component of the Voices Against Violence Init
iative, is an interactive training program that promotes employing a holistic response – focused on victim safety and offender accountability – to addressing violence against women.
Institutes are country-specific and regionally-tailored to provide participants with a human rights-based approach to identify, investigate, and prosecute gender-based violence crimes in their communities in a manner that focuses on offender accountability and victim safety.
Participants represent diverse sectors involved in the criminal justice system including judges, prosecutors, law enforcement and service providers. They receive training on how and why to collaborate across disciplines, particularly utilizing women leaders and NGO service providers.
Through the Voices Against Violence Initiative, Vital Voices has conducted Institutes, including 50-60 participants per instance, in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa and the Philippines. Ten additional trainings will occur between 2017 and 2018. Outside of the Voices Against Violence Initiative, Vital Voices has conducted Justice Institutes in three additional countries: Cameroon, China and Rwanda.