Events
 

Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Intimate Partner Violence

GBV Task Force event highlighting the connections between Child Marriage and IPV

School-Based Interventions to Address Gender-Based Violence Among Youth

This was the fourth and final event of the GBV and Youth series, led by the GBV Taskforce.

2016 IGWG Plenary

Bi-Annual IGWG Plenary 2016

Gender Transformative Parenting Skills to Interrupt the Cycle of Violence

The third event in our year-long series on GBV and Youth focused on international development and parenting programs as an early approach to preventing GBV throughout the lifecycle, starting during childhood.

Setting the Stage: A Dialogue on GBV and Youth

On March 22, 2016, the GBV task force held the first event in an exciting year-long series on Gender-Based Violence and Youth.

GBV Task Force Brown Bag: "Impact of a Dating Violence Curriculum among High School Students in Haiti" with Dr. Stacey Gage

On March 30, 2016, the GBV task force hosted Dr. Stacey Gage who presented findings from her study "Impact of a Dating Violence Curriculum among High School Students in Haiti"

Tathmini GBV Program: Evaluating the Impact of GBV Programming in Tanzania
On August 18, IGWG hosted a presentation on the results of the Tathmini GBV project.

Addressing GBV in Health Care Settings: Involving the Public Sector
On October 27th, IGWG held the fourth panel of the Screening and Responding to GBV in Health Care Settings series, "Screening and Response: Involving the Public Sector." The panel featured two presentations examining lessons learned from related projects in Zambia and Mozambique.

Screening and Response: Making Referrals Work

On June 23, IGWG held the third in a series of panels about screening for gender-based violence in health care settings.


GBV Screening: Bringing Health Care Providers on Board

On March 31, IGWG held the second in a series of panels about screening for gender-based violence in health care settings.


Anita Raj on Gender-Based Violence in India
On March 17, 2015, Dr. Anita Raj of the Center for Gender Equity and Health at the University of California, San Diego spoke to the IGWG about her ongoing research on gender-based violence in India.

IGWG Plenary 2014
On October 29, 2014, IGWG hosted a standing-room only plenary in Washington D.C.

Setting the Stage: Asking Women about Violence and Responding Within Health Care Settings
To commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2014, IGWG – with USAID, and PAHO, WHO, CARE, PRB, and Population Council – hosted a panel entitled “Setting the Stage: Asking Women about Violence and Responding Within Health Care Settings.”

Making Microbicides a Game-Changer for Women’s HIV Prevention
On June 24, 2014, Rose Wilcher, Michele Lanham, and Robyn Dayton of FHI 360 shared the findings and programmatic resources from activities undertaken in Kenya and South Africa designed to identify strategies and generate support for gender transformative microbicide introduction in the future.

Moving From Research to Practice: Responses to Domestic Violence in Urban India
Dr. Suneeta Krishnan, a social epidemiologist at RTI International and adjunct professor at St. John’s Research Institute, led a Brown Bag discussion on domestic violence prevention strategies being evaluated in Bengaluru, India.

Innovative Technologies Help Combat GBV
On June 17, USAID and the IGWG’s Task Force on Gender-Based Violence, its co-chairs PRB and CARE, and the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted "Vision, Innovation, and Action to Address Child Marriage" at the Wilson Center.

Mid-Cycle Results from Child Marriage and Gender Norms Research

The Technical Advisory Group of IGWG engaged in an exchange of ideas on December 4 as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.

Breaking the Cycle Part II: Health Sector Responses to Violence against Women and Girls
In commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence for 2013, participants convened at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on November 26 for a high-level panel examining health sector responses to violence against women and girls.

Moving From Research to Practice: Responses to Domestic Violence in Urban India.
Suneeta Krishnan, a social epidemiologist at RTI International and adjunct professor at St. John’s Research Institute, led a Brown Bag discussion on domestic violence prevention strategies being evaluated in Bengaluru, India. On March 10, 2014, she reported on the Soukhya Project’s work on domestic violence, and on prevalence and impacts of domestic violence on women’s health, drawing on a decade of research in urban disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Bengaluru.

Reflections on GBV in the MENA region
More than three years after popular uprisings swept Egypt and other Arab countries, reports point to increased insecurity and violence against women and girls, particularly in public spaces.

Vision, Innovation, and Action to Address Child Marriage
On June 17, USAID and the IGWG’s Task Force on Gender-Based Violence, its co-chairs PRB and CARE, and the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted "Vision, Innovation, and Action to Address Child Marriage" at the Wilson Center.

Pigs for Peace: Livestock Microfinance Programs Impact Conflict-Related Trauma
On May 5, 2014, Dr. Nancy Glass, Associate Director of Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, shared findings from an evaluation of a livestock microfinance program in DRC, including data on reproductive health outcomes

SASA! and Its Application in Haiti-- PLUS a Sneak Peak at the SASA Evaluation Results in Uganda
This fascinating brown bag, held on April 24, featured well-known GBV expert, Dr. Mary Ellsberg, who shared a video on the SASA program and a look at the preliminary results from the monitoring and evaluation of SASA. She noted that the preliminary figures show that it can be worthwhile to engage communities as a whole to encourage social norm change.

Lessons from Sri Lanka: Ten Years of Promoting Positive Behaviors, Attitudes, Norms and Policies for Preventing GBV
In honor of International Women’s Day with the GBV Task Force of the IGWG held on event on March 8, 2013 featuringAshika Gunasena, Director, Program Quality and Learning, of CARE Sri Lanka, whospoke on “Lessons from Sri Lanka: Ten Years of Promoting Positive Behaviors, Attitudes, Norms and Policies for Preventing GBV.”

Breaking the Cycle: Understanding the Intersections of Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children

A critical examination of the intersections between violence against women and violence against children where distinguished panelists present new insight into the data, the implications, and examples of programmatic interventions. The panel features results from new studies, including in Latin America and the Caribbean, with findings that exposure to violence in childhood—either as a victim of physical or sexual abuse or as a witness to violence against women—increases the risk of experiencing violence later in life.

Who Takes Care of the Caregivers? Providing Care and Safety for Staff in GBV Settings
They take care of the survivors of gender-based violence around the world, but what can organizations do to ensure the safety and well-being of their staff? Panelists at this IGWG event examine some of the physical and psycho-social impacts on these caregivers from the trauma of being exposed to heartbreaking stories day in and day out, from the lack of resources and overwhelming case loads. Speakers discuss conditions that caregivers face, prevention and responses strategies that are needed, and resources and trainings that some organizations have already created. In addition, short presentations by members of the gender community of practice on what actions are being taken by their organizations to address this issue.

Engaging Men in Prenatal Care for Violence Prevention- Process, Outcomes and Lessons Learned

The Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the IGWG is pleased to present a brown bag with Dr. Agnes Tiwari, speaking on “Engaging Men in Prenatal Care for Violence Prevention: Process, Outcomes and Lessons Learned.”

Women's and Men's Experience of Spousal Violence in Two African Countries: Does Gender Matter?

The Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the IGWG is pleased to present a brown bag with Sunita Kishor, Director of MEASURE DHS, whospoke on the newly released report, co–authored by Dr. Kishor and Sarah Bradley, "Women's and Men's Experience of Spousal Violence in Two African Countries: Does Gender Matter?"

USAID’s Work Addressing and Preventing Gender-Based Violence in the DRC

The Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) Task Force on Gender-Based Violence hosted a brown bag on August 8, 2012 with USAID’s Sara Rasmussen-Tall, Social Protection Unit Leader in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, discussing USAID DRC’s social protection projects addressing and preventing gender-based violence.

Celebrating Men as Fathers and Allies in Gender Equality and Improved Health
A Special Father’s Day Event: Celebrating Men as Fathers and Allies in Gender Equality and Improved Health held on Monday, June 18, 2012 from 2:30-5:30 pm at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

Maternal Health and Gender-Based Violence: Research on and Responses to Service Provider Abuse in Childbirth and Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy
The Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) presented "Maternal Health and Gender-Based Violence: Research on and Responses to Service Provider Abuse in Childbirth and Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy" on Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Maternal Health and Gender-Based Violence: Research on and Responses to Service Provider Abuse in Childbirth and Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy, May 10, 2012
The Gender-based Violence Task Force of the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) presents Maternal Health and Gender-Based Violence: Research on and Responses to Service Provider Abuse in Childbirth and Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy, Thursday, May 10, 2012 - In Honor of Mother’s Day.

Plenary for International Women's Day 2012
In honor of International Women's Day, the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) held a plenary on March 7, 2012, highlighting new and exciting activities happening in the field of gender.

Health Outcomes of Intimate Partner and Non-Partner Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
On Jan. 12, 2012, the Interagency Gender Working Group's (IGWG) Gender-based Violence Task Force held a brown bag presentation entitled "Health Outcomes of Intimate Partner and Non-Partner Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo." The presentation was given by Katie Robinette, a gender-based violence research and evaluation consultant, who recently completed a fellowship in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Data on Gender-Based Violence: What's New and What's Not
To commemorate the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG), PAHO, and USAID held an event entitled "Data on Gender-Based Violence: What's New and What's Not" on December 6, 2011. The event featured four presentations from leading voices in the field of combating gender-based violence focusing on the importance of ethical, comprehensive, and accurate data.

Data on Gender-Based Violence: What's New and What's Not
As a part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG), PAHO, and USAID held an event on Dec. 6, 2011, discussing data and its importance in ending gender-based violence.

A Training on How to Use the Film
Dean Peacock and Pascal Akamani lead participants through a facilitator's guide on how to use Sonke Gender Justice's new film.

Male Partners' Roles in Women's Use of Emergency Contraception in Ghana
Michele Lanham of fhi360 presents her work on male partners and emergency contraception in Ghana.

Malawi Male Motivators Project
Brad Kerner of Save the Children presents his work on male motivators in Malawi.

A Way to Justice: Engaging Men for Women's Rights and Gender Transformation
Dean Peacock, of Sonke Gender Justice, presents a new documentary on engaging men.

Reflections on Engaging Men Presentations
Gary Barker, of Promundo-US, reflects on Michele Lanham's and Brad Kerner's presentation while incorporating results from the IMAGES survey.

Technical Update on Engaging Men in Family Planning and Ending Gender-Based Violence
On Oct. 4, 2011, the Interagency Gender Working Group hosted a three-part technical update on engaging men, which included presentations of recent studies, a documentary film by Sonke Gender Justice, and a training on how to use the film to further understand how and why to engage men.

Eliminating HIV - What is a Must Do?
On September 9, 2011, the Interagency Gender Working Group held an informal discussion with Nduku Kilonzo, director of Liverpool VCT, Care and Treatment, Kenya, about eliminating HIV.

Cost of Violence Against Women in Bangladesh
On Aug. 26, 2011, the IGWG held a brown bag with Jamie Terzi, assistant country director for CARE Bangladesh, where she presented the initial results from the "Cost of Violence Against Women," a community-based project in Bangladesh.

Community-Based Interventions Improving Maternal Health in Afghanistan
On May 26, 2011, the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) held a brown bag with Denise Byrd, an expert in maternal and child health, reproductive health, and family planning entitled "Community-Based Interventions Improving Maternal Health in Afghanistan."

IGWG Plenary and International Women's Day Celebration
On March 10, 2011, the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) held a Plenary in celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Domestic Violence in sub-Saharan Africa: Linkages With Maternal Health
The GBV Task Force of the IGWG presents: Domestic Violence in sub-Saharan Africa: Linkages With Maternal Health

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, 2010
From Nov. 25 through Dec. 10, 2010, the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) commemorated the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

CARE's Integrated GBV Work in 30 Countries: Report of a Mapping Exercise
In commemoration of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence 2010 the Interagency Gender Working Group presents: CARE's Integrated GBV Work in 30 Countries: Report of a Mapping Exercise

Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Research Findings and Programmatic Implications
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative and Environmental Change and Security Program, the Interagency Gender Working Group, Population Reference Bureau, and PATH present: Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Research Findings and Programmatic Implications.

Gender Synchronizing Strategies Launch
The Interagency Gender Working Group launched a new publication, Synchronizing Gender Strategies: A Cooperative Model for Improving Reproductive Health and Transforming Gender Relations at a special brown bag session on October 25, 2010. The event was held at Futures Group, One Thomas Circle, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005.

The Launch of the UNIFEM Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence Against Women and Girls
At an IGWG brown bag on October 7, 2010, Dina Deligiorgis, Knowledge Management Specialist at UNIFEM, spoke about the launch of a new website resource, the United Nations UNIFEM Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls.

Presentation: Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
This presentation was given by Dr. Lynn Lawry of the U.S. Department of Defense’s International Health Division on her original and unique methodology for measuring gender-based violence prevalence (GBV) and health services available in conflict areas in May 2010. Dr. Lawry and her team have conducted the first population-based study that assesses all forms of GBV and human rights abuses. She also presented her new data on the DRC. The brown bag lunch event was hosted by the GBV Task Force of the Interagency Gender Working Group and was held at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC.

A Capacity Building Workshop on Engaging Men and Boys in Ending Violence Against Women
Todd Minerson, executive director of the White Ribbon Campaign, led this hands-on workshop on "Engaging Men and Boys in Ending Violence against Women." The workshop was designed using the exercises and approach to training of the White Ribbon Campaign—the largest global campaign of men dedicated to preventing and ending violence against women. It was held December 3, 2009 at PATH in Washington, DC.

Symposium on Working With Men to Stop Violence
On December 3, 2009, in commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, the IGWG sponsored an event to hear from experts about their work with men to change norms around masculinity and lower the incidence of gender-based violence.

Jordanian Journalist Rana Husseini Discusses 'Honor Killings'
Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini discussed her new book, Murder in the Name of Honor, about so-called honor killings, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in October 2009 in Washington, D.C. "Honor killings" claim the lives of 5,000 women every year in many traditional societies around the world, as well as in migrant communities in Europe and the United States. Such killings are often carried out by the victims' relatives to "cleanse" the family's honor following a perceived violation.

Sexual Violence Against Minors: Nature and Scope, Consequences, and Implications
Two separate and complementary presentations were held in October 2009 in Washington, DC. The first session, organized by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, USAID, and the IGWG, was an overview of Sexual Violence Against Minors. The second smaller session, organized by the Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the IGWG, provided an opportunity for in-depth technical discussion on research on the topic and research-to-policy considerations.

Melanesia Launch: A Blueprint for Responses to Violence Against Women
In April 2009 the GBV Task Force of the IGWG presented the launch of a report on “Violence against Women in Melanesia and East Timor: Building on Global and Regional Promising Practices,” including lessons on what works in preventing and addressing VAW. Speakers included two of the authors, Mary Ellsberg and Christine Bradley, as well as a representative of the Embassy of Australia. Materials on this event and report are included.

Monitoring and Evaluating Gender-Based Violence: A Technical Seminar Recognizing the 2008 '16 Days of Activism'
In recognition of the 2008 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, the Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the IGWG presented a half-day seminar on November 25, 2008, at the National Press Club. Entitled “Monitoring and Evaluation of Gender-Based Violence: Methodologies and Field Implications,” this technical update provided timely reports on approaches, indicators, and applications in GBV M&E.

Plenary on Gender-Based Violence
In November 2008, the members of the IGWG Task Force on Gender-Based Violence held its second plenary meeting, where more than 50 participants shared information on existing programs and tools and presented suggestions for future activities on GBV. The first plenary meeting was held in February 2007 and the priorities outlined then have shaped the work of the IGWG, resulting in new products, exciting speakers, and sharing of knowledge. Agenda, participants list, rapporteur minutes, and descriptions of five ongoing interventions and materials that were presented are included.

Community-Based Approaches for Ending Violence Against Women
The Gender-Based Violence Taskforce of the IGWG, PATH, and PRB recently organized a discussion on and demonstration of innovative and inspiring techniques for community-based approaches to ending violence against women. With presenters from InterCambios, Kivulini Women’s Rights Organization of Tanzania, and Raising Voices, this May 29, 2008 seminar gave participants an opportunity to experience a hands-on demonstration of “In Her Shoes” and “SASA!” training approaches. The event was funded by USAID.

Femicide: What Is It and Why Isn't Anyone Talking About It?
In April 2008 the IGWG, USAID, WHO, Intercambios, the Medical Research Council, PATH, and PRB sponsored a panel discussion on femicide—the murder of women by men, especially by intimate partners. The event featured experts from around the world, who spoke on identifying and understanding femicide in its various forms, its prevalence, and its relationship to international development and reproductive health.

Promising Practices in Monitoring and Evaluation of Gender-Based Violence
The IGWG Task Force on Gender-Based Violence presented a half-day technical meeting on successes and challenges in monitoring and evaluation of gender-based violence in November 2007. Organized by PATH and the Population Reference Bureau, co-chairs of the task force, the event was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Presentations were made on some recently evaluated interventions, including Stepping Stones, Sexto Sentido, and Liverpool VCT.

Women Prevail Against Violence
The Interagency Gender Working Group hosted a presentation of "SASA! A Film About Women, Violence and HIV/AIDS" in 2007. This powerful film tells the story of how two courageous women triumphed over gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS and gained power that helped them organize, become activists in their communities, and build meaningful and rewarding lives.

Gender-Based Violence: 16 Days of Activism
In November and December of 2006, the IGWG and USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health hosted a number of activities commemorating the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, in Washington, DC. The presentations addressed various aspects of gender-based violence, including a gender-based violence advocacy toolkit demonstration; the Demographic and Health Surveys and domestic violence; GBV in humanitarian settings and in emergency settings; and the role of young men in reducing gender violence.

IGWG Plenary Meeting (PDF: 103KB)
In October 2006, the IGWG hosted a plenary meeting to bring the gender community of practice together and provide an update of IGWG activities; enable individuals and organizations to share information on recent developments in programs, research, tools and materials; and facilitate an exchange of ideas and discuss future directions.

IGWG Technical Update on Child Marriage
The IGWG Technical Update on child marriage and its negative implications for public health and human rights was held in Washington D.C. in July 2006. Speakers included representatives from Tostan (Senegal), the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, and BRAC (Bangladesh). Over 100 participants heard the results and the review commissioned by IGWG and by ICRW and successful interventions in the field. The agenda, participant list, speaker bios, and powerpoint presentations are included.

IGWG Second Technical Update on Gender-Based Violence
The second IGWG Technical Update on Gender-Based Violence was held in Washington, DC, in November 2005. Attended by more than 100 representatives of NGOs, government agencies, and funders, the day-long seminar focused on lessons learned and impact of interventions that address GBV from a reproductive health perspective. Featured speakers included Dr. Kent Hill, Assistant Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, as well as representatives of global interventions in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. The agenda, participants list, speaker bios, and powerpoint presentations included.

Engaging Men and Boys in RH/Maternal Health/HIV
A demonstration workshop designed to introduce participants to approaches used to engage men within the PHN sector was held in October 2007. The event helped familiarize participants with leading tools and exercises developed by Engender Health staff under the ACQUIRE project, and the Program H Alliance coordinated by Instituto Promundo that promote constructive male involvement.

Speakers Series: Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health—Part VI
Speakers discussed the role of men and specific on-the-ground programming as well as the impact of HIV/AIDS in the MENA region.

Speakers Series: Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health—Part V
Speaker discussed community-based efforts in Jordan and Tunisia to address honor killings and domestic violence, and whether media attention surrounding honor killings helps or harms programmatic efforts to address more common types of gender-based violence

Speakers Series: Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health—Part IV
Speakers discussed the links and role of family planning and women’s empowerment in Indonesia and the Maghreb region of North Africa. They also commented on the role of education and contraception in the feminist discourse in the Maghreb.

Speakers Series: Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health—Part III
Speakers discussed how regional community development projects make use of religion and changing opinions and attitudes toward reproductive health and sexuality, and they talked about fertility and infertility amongst women and men and access to reproductive health technologies.

Speakers Series: Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health—Part II
Speakers discussed patriarchal differences within the Quran and Sharia regarding sexual (in)equality, and addressed gender roles and personal status law in Pakistan, Egypt and Iran as they relate to family planning and education. They also commented on polygamy, young age of marriage, gender preference, and honor killings. October 2004

Speakers Series: Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health—Part II
An overview of general demographics in the region and the perspectives of Islam on family planning and contraceptive use, with attention to fertility patterns, issues of safe motherhood, reproductive health and culture, the end of reproduction and the menopause transition, HIV, and government policies concerning fertility levels and contraceptive use, was held in July 2004.

Reaching Men to Improve Reproductive Health for All conference
The Interagency Gender Working Group of USAID, through its Men and Reproductive Health Task Force, hosted a three-day international conference on the state-of-the-art programming for constructive male involvement in reproductive health in September 2003.

Refugee and Conflict Settings: How to Address Gender-Based Violence and RH
a presentation offered as part of IGWG's Speaker Series. January 2003

Technical Update on Gender-Based Violence
In May 2002, the IGWG held a Technical Update on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), one of the IGWG's priority areas. This launched a process for looking at GBV in relation to reproductive health and HIV/AIDS within USAID's population, health, and nutrition sector.

Online discussion, April 27: Helping Girls Attain Self-Worth and Self-Sufficiency
Join Wendy Baldwin, vice president and director of the Poverty, Gender, and Youth program at the Population Council, as she shares experiences and stories from programs that invest in adolescent girls in Africa.


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