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Voices on the Ground Series: Responses to Gender-Based Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), the GBV Task Force of USAID’s Interagency Gender Working Group caught up with Gary Zeitounalian, gender program technical support with ABAAD Resource Center for Gender Equality in Lebanon, and with Wangechi Wachira, executive director at the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) in Kenya, to learn how they are adapting their programming to address the violence prevention and response needs of women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presented in two parts, these interviews offer practical insights and inspiration from program implementers and advocates on the front lines.Read More

Emerging Strategies to Engage Men and Boys in Addressing the Gendered Impact of COVID-19: A Virtual Forum

Hosted by the Interagency Gender Working Group Male Engagement Taskforce Background: The data and reporting are increasingly clear: Men have specific vulnerabilities and roles related to COVID-19, and key gender considerations underpin them. Some of these vulnerabilities and roles relate to men’s health behaviors (such as their comparatively lower use of masks), men’s historically limited roles in caregiving, and increased rates of domestic violence experienced...Read More

The IGWG GBV Task Force Presents: What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls: New Evidence, New Opportunities

What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls, a program funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) worked in 15 countries across Africa and Asia to build the evidence base on drivers of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and what works to prevent VAWG. This webinar included presenters from the What Works consortium who shared groundbreaking findings from this body of research, discussed the implications for policy and practice, and explored what it all means in the context of COVID-19.Read More

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