Being a diverse and forward-thinking movement also means consistently seeking to understand and experiment with new ideas. The GBV Prevention Network, therefore, offers access to a wealth of compelling resources from both members and non-members. Here, you can keep up-to-date with thousands of the latest ideas and efforts being made to prevent VAW around the region. You can also share your own vision and practices, so others can learn from your experiences. We hope these materials will continue to expand our Network’s culture of learning!

Theme Gender Gaps

Gender equity and sexual and reproductive health in Eastern and Southern Africa: a critical overview of the literature

Background: Gender inequalities are important social determinants of health. We set out to critically review the literature relating to gender equity and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in Eastern and Southern Africa with the aim of identifying priorities for action.

Design: During November 2011, we identified studies relating to SRH and gender equity through a comprehensive literature search.

Results: We found gender inequalities to be common across a range of health issues relating to SRH with women being particularly disadvantaged. Social and biological determinants combined to increase women’s vulnerability to maternal mortality, HIV, and gender-based violence. Health systems significantly disadvantaged women in terms of access to care. Men fared worse in relation to HIV testing and care with social norms leading to men presenting later for treatment.

Conclusions: Gender inequity in SRH requires multiple complementary approaches to address the structural drivers of unequal health outcomes. These could include interventions that alter the structural environment in which ill-health is created. Interventions are required both within and beyond the health system.

Source: Global Health Action

Date of publication: 25/06/2014


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Annotated Bibliography: Responding to the Impact of Gender-Based Violence

The RESPOND Project is pleased to announce the publication of Responding to the Impact of Gender-Based Violence: An Annotated Bibliography for Integrated Family Planning and Gender-Based Violence Services. A compilation of the most current and relevant resources on the integration of gender-based violence (GBV) and reproductive health service provision, this bibliography is designed for those seeking to develop, expand, or improve standards of care and clinic operating policies and procedures. The resources have been divided among eight categories based on the nature of their content, including: GBV and general service integration; GBV and family planning and reproductive health service integration; GBV and HIV service integration; conducting family planning counseling; challenging root causes of GBV; GBV in conflict and humanitarian settings; GBV as human rights; and region-specific information. Each entry includes a brief summary of the resource and its application in the context of GBV and reproductive health and family planning integration. Highlighting the lessons learned from existing programs, training tools, and research conducted in the global North and global South, this bibliography emphasizes the work conducted in under-resourced regions of the globe.

Source: Zunia


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Fifty-Eighth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations: Agreed Conclusions

This document comprises the Agreed Conclusions  on 21 March 2014 from the Fifty-Eighth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations,  where the theme was: “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. This is an advance unedited version of the Agreed Conclusions.


Publication Date: 21 March 2014

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Women, Work, and the Economy: Macroeconomic Gains from Gender Equity

 This Staff Discussion Note examines the specific macro-critical features of women’s participation in the labor market, the constraints preventing women from developing their full economic potential, and possible policies to overcome these obstacles.The analysis presented in this Staff Discussion Note is based on research undertaken in academia and by other international financial institutions, in addition to the IMF’s own surveillance and research work.

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