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 Harmful Practices

Summary of Research on Obstetric Problems Following Female Genital Mutilation – A Survey in Six African Countries

This study, reported in The Lancet in 2006, provides a wealth of information which shows clearly that women who have undergone FGM are much more likely to suffer obstetric complications at childbirth than women who have not been subject to the procedure. The study, which was conducted in six African countries by a WHO collaborative group, also showed that the risk of obstetric complications was higher when the FGM was more extensive.

The complete article on “Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcome: WHO collaborative prospective study in six African countries” is available for registered users of The Lancet at A summary is available without registration. A pre-print copy of the full article has been made available by WHO from the link below.  

Source: World Health Organization


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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change

On 22 July, UNICEF released a global report on FGM that found that although the practice is declining, it is still the case that in more than half the 29 African and Middle Eastern countries studied, 30 million girls are still at risk of FGM in the next decade. The statistical analysis also showed that prevalence rates declined the most in countries, such as Kenya, Burkina Faso, which addressed the issue through a combination of the law, education and child protective measures.

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Bride Price, Is it Modern Day Slavery?

This study sought to determine the relationship between bride price and the incidences of violence against women among selected communities living in the North Meru and Kisii districts, in Kenya.

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Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia

An Advocacy Paper

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