16 days of activism to end violence against women

17 November 2017
Sephy Valuks

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, is the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. This year builds on the momentum of 2016, when 700 organisations came together in a campaign to make education safe for all.

 A key thematic area of STRIVE research is the intersection between gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV. GBV – including physical, sexual, emotional and economic violence and abuse – is widespread globally, with intimate partner violence (IPV) the most pervasive form. On average, 30% of women worldwide will experience at least one episode of sexual and/or physical IPV within her lifetime. STRIVE have published a report, Greentree II: Violence against women and girls, and HIV – which synthesises the discussions and conclusions of a three-day expert consultation on the links between HIV and VAWG.

This year STRIVE has produced a series of technical briefs to ensure that researchers use standardised approaches to measuring and analysing key structural barriers to HIV prevention and treatment. This series includes a technical brief on measuring intimate partner violence. The brief provides guidance on how to collect valid quantitative data on partner violence in an ethically and methodologically sound manner. Specifically, it addresses:

  • definitions
  • ethical and safety obligations (informed consent, privacy)
  • methods for increasing disclosure among research participants
  • minimum items necessary for measuring IPV
  • defining IPV as an outcome or exposure variable

We have compiled a one-pager of links to our key VAWG resources, which we shared at the 2017 Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum. Please download, use and circulate it among your networks.

To get involved in the 16 days campaign you can download the Take Action Kit and follow activity on Twitter @16DaysCampaign.