By cultivating an understanding of violence against women, we seek to transform the way power is used between men and women in society.

A collective understanding of violence against women (VAW) creates strong foundations for our work, and helps us unite as a movement. It allows us to progress toward the same overall goals even as we apply different strategies to address VAW. The GBV Prevention Network’s analysis of VAW recognizes that it is part of a broader system of social injustice. Through a “rights-based analysis” we analyze violence beyond women’s individual experiences, but the systems and norms that promote and perpetuate VAW in our societies. We work to achieve social justice and social transformation knowing the positive changes we create will outlive any of our projects, programs, or organizations. As a Network, we strive to deepen members’ understanding and connection to a rights-based analysis of VAW through our Network publications, VAW resources, and activities.


We ground our work to understand violence against women using the following:

Rights-based Analysis of VAW

The GBV Prevention Network strengthens members’ shared analysis of violence against women as systemic oppression rooted in unequal power dynamics between women and men.

Unpack your analysis of violence against women.

Network Publications

The GBV Prevention Network creates tools, methodologies and resources designed to reinforce members’ understanding of violence against women and connection to shared values in their work.

Download, print or adapt the ones that work for you.

VAW Resources

The GBV Prevention Network maintains an extensive library of publications from both members and non-members, relevant to addressing violence against women in the region.

Find inspiration and ideas in the thousands of regional and international resources.