Violence is preventable
UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women & UNV
regional joint programme for the prevention of violence against women and girls in Asia and the Pacific
What we do
The Asia-Pacific region has some of the highest reported levels of violence against women in the world. According to the World Health Organization Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence, between 20 percent and 68 percent of women aged 15-49 across Asia and the Pacific have faced some form of violence in their lifetimes. P4P's innovative research, the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific, carried out in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea - Bougainville and Sri Lanka, found high rates of men reporting perpetrating intimate partner violence, ranging from 26 per cent of men in Indonesia-rural to 80 per cent of men in Papua New Guinea-Bougainville. Decades of work and activism have led to some significant advances in awareness, laws and policies. Yet, there has been little to no measured decrease in violence on a larger scale in the region. Prevention must be part of the solution.
The joint programme, Partners for Prevention (P4P), reaffirms the commitment of UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV to support and promote efforts to prevent violence against women and girls in Asia and the Pacific by working with boys and men, girls and women to transform social norms and promote non-violence. We believe that prevention, alongside response, is a critical component of a comprehensive system to address to violence against women and girls (VAWG).
From 2008 to 2013 P4P and its partners implemented Phase 1. In Phase 1 P4P focused on three closely integrated areas of work to promote violence prevention: research, capacity development and networking, and communication for social change.
P4P has just entered a second phase that will be implemented from 2014 to 2017. During Phase 2 P4P will support the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of localized VAWG prevention interventions in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Viet Nam. Phase 2 will enhance institutional capacity at the local and regional levels for sustainable programme and policy development to transform masculinities and prevent violence against women.