Four women who have overcome their history as victims of violence, and turned that pain into advocacy for others, told their stories to the guests at the United Nations observance of International Women’s Day in Bangkok.
International Women’s Day, observed annually on 8 March, is being marked in Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Conference Center. This year’s Asia-Pacific commemoration was dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. Globally, up to seven in ten women will be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes.
“Violence against women was the darkest secret – couched in silence and taboo – a manifestation of unequal power relationships, the low status of women and entrenched structural discrimination,” said Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP and the keynote speaker of the event. “We...
On 8 March, International Women’s Day, women and men around the globe come together to rally, discuss and take action to stop violence against women and girls. The United Nations observes this year’s International Women’s Day with the theme: “A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence against Women!” And the time is right: violence against women and girls is a rampant problem worldwide.
Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic, with up to seven in ten women facing physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner during their lifetime. The Asia Pacific Region is no exception. What is increasingly becoming important in violence prevention interventions is the understanding of the root causes of violence against women and girls, and the right ways to address them in the specific national and regional contexts because violence against women and girls is preventable, not inevitable.
In Asia and the Pacific four United Nations agencies –...
Wikigender, Partners for Prevention: a UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV regional joint programme for Asia and the Pacific, Breakthrough, End Violence Against Women (EVAW UK), the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Womankind Worldwide invite you to participate in an online discussion on:
Transforming social norms to prevent violence against women and girls
Open from Monday 4 February until Wednesday 13 February
The outcomes of the discussion will be presented at a side event in New York on the topic of social norms and the prevention of violence against women (VAW) and girls, co-organised by the OECD Development Centre and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and taking place on 4 March 2013 during the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) .
We are particularly interested in your contributions on the following:
• Key issues: What type of social norms and attitudes contribute to violence...
Promoting gender equality and ending violence against women and girls require a concerted effort to actively engage men and boys as partners and agents for change, according to the workshop to launch three studies on Masculinities and Gender Discrimination in Viet Nam, organized today in Ha Noi by the United Nations in Viet Nam, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Viet Nam Farmers' Union and Partners for Prevention, a UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV Asia-Pacific regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention.
Addressing the event, Ms. Tran Tuyet Anh, Director of the Family Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism stressed that the studies launching today help us to understand better . the root cause of the problem, how we can stop violence before it happens and what influences across men’s lives drive certain equitable or inequitable attitudes and behaviours. These...
Gender-based violence practitioners in the Pacific deepen understanding of effective prevention programmes
UN Women and Partners for Prevention (P4P) jointly held the, ‘Gender-Based Violence Prevention Workshop’, in Nadi, Fiji over December 5- 7 with 30 participants from around the Pacific – all of whom are grantees of the Pacific Fund to End Violence Against Women.
The workshop deepened participants’ understanding of strategic prevention programming, using P4P’s ‘5 Steps to effective prevention programming’ http://www.partners4prevention.org/sites/default/files/documents/5_steps... as a guide for the agenda. The participants learned more about the specific risk and protective factors related to violence in the different...
Partners for Prevention gave a keynote speech to gender advocates and researchers at the ‘Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality’ conference, which took place 28-30 November in Wollongong, Australia. The conference, aimed at understanding current work in the critical study of men and masculinities, was organized by The Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) in the University of Wollongong.
Partners for Prevention Programme Coordinator, James Lang, gave a keynote speech that outlined new data on men’s experiences and use of violence that has emerged as a result of Partners for Prevention’s multi-country study which interviewed more than 10,000 men and women across seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region to explore the connections between masculinities, gender and power. One outcome of the presentation was discussions on the different ways different theories of gender and masculinities can be applied to the P4P data set – very helpful food for thought for...
Gender Equality Network (Myanmar) is calling for Expressions of Interest from technical specialists to develop a proposal for qualitative research on violence against women, and to carry out capacity building with key stakeholders around this process. The deadline for applications is 4 January 2013. For further information, click here.
Vietnamese musician and gender-rights advocate Pham Anh Khoa has been selected as a member of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders to End Violence against Women. Mr Anh Khoa also serves as the goodwill ambassador for the Soul Nation campaign, which is supported by Partners for Prevention. Due to his strong track record of speaking out against violence against women and girls in Viet Nam, Partners for Prevention put forward his nomination to the Network.
“We need to break the cycle of violence,” Pham Anh Khoa said at the Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, held today in Bangkok, “ I believe respect, trust, understanding, love, equality and non-violence are key principles of a healthy relationship. There is no place for force and violence in love. True friends listen to and respect each other’s opinions. We (both men and women) should work towards making our relationships healthy”.
The Partners for Prevention supported feature film, ‘Oba Nethuwa Oba Ekka’ (With You, Without You), directed by Prasanna Vithanage, has won four major film awards since its recent release. Actress Anjali Patil won the best actress award at the prestigious 43rd Indian International Film Festival. The film also won Best Film Award (Cyclo D'Or) at the 19th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, and the NETPAC Award for the Best
Asian Film from the Netpac Jury. It also recently won the SIGNIS Award from the World Catholic Association for Communication for best film at the 23rd African-Asian-Latin American film festival in Italy.
The film, supported by Partners for Prevention along with IPPF, Aakar and CARE International, is the first in the Let's Talk Men (LTM) 2.0 film series, which aims to prevent gender-based violence in South Asia through raising awareness on the consequences of gender socialization and providing options for more equitable and non-violent...
There is a long history of social-cultural practices in Aceh that encourage volunteerism and are expressed through the traditions of meuseuraya (mutual cooperation between a few people) or gotong royong (mutual aid that is usually identified with the planting and harvesting of rice).
A newly available study, “Contributions of Volunteerism to the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in Aceh” (Partners for Prevention, 2011) documents the history of volunteerism in Aceh from its cultural and religious customs, through the post-conflict and post-tsunami periods to current new behaviors and lifestyles of the younger generation that have resulted from greater mobility and increased familiarity and access to information and communication technology.
For the full story, see: http://...
November 25 is White Ribbon Day. The White Ribbon Campaign is a male-led campaign to end violence against women. Men are encouraged to take a stand and say that violence, in any form, is never acceptable.
James Lang, Coordinator of Partners for Prevention, blogs about why it is important to engage men in ending violence against women.
Numerous times I have been asked by other men, “What is it like working on violence against women, I mean, as a man?” “Do you feel like an outsider doing this work?” Or sometimes, “Shouldn’t a woman be doing your job?” Implied with these questions are the assumptions that men do not have a role to play in ending violence against women, that this is the responsibility solely of women. I wholeheartedly disagree, so in response to these questions I try to explain a few basic points:
• It is primarily men’s violence that we are talking about, so men must be involved in preventing it. We do know violence is preventable,...
Special Report: The Female Factor in the International Herald Tribune. By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW
BANGKOK — Mention “transforming masculinities” in Asia, and some might assume the topic is Thailand’s flourishing sex-change industry.
Yet a different effort to transform masculinities has started among civil society groups that have a goal that may be even more ambitious than physically transforming gender: They want to change how people think about “being a man” to break the connection between masculinity and violence that is the root cause of high rates of gender violence in the region.
The new direction is prompted by a realization that after years of trying to help the mostly female and child victims of domestic and gender violence, the situation is not improving. The logic is straightforward: prevention.
“To stop violence, you need to prevent it from happening,” said Somsouk Sananikone, a civil society activist from Laos, speaking after a recent...
Activists and trainers in East and Southeast Asia recently met in Bangkok to strengthen their knowledge and skills to transform masculinities to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) and to promote gender justice. The regional ‘Transforming Masculinities for Gender Justice Training of Trainers Workshop’ was held in Bangkok on 5–8 November 2012 by the RLC (Regional Learning Community for Transforming Masculinities to Promote Gender Justice in East & Southeast Asia) with support from Partners for Prevention.
More than 30 activists who are working to promote gender justice and human rights in Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste and Viet Nam took part in the training of trainers workshop.
“The workshop was empowering and enriching. It served as a space for collective learning, self-evaluating and reflecting, revisiting and understanding world views, building friendship and solidarity, and planting seeds of activism. It is...
For the first time, provincial trainers of UNDP’s Gender Equality Project (GEP) in Afghanistan have received training on ending gender-based violence (GBV). The capacity building workshop was recently held in Kabul, and was jointly organised by UNDP, UN Women, UNAMA, and Ministry of Women’s Affairs, with technical assistance from Partners for Prevention. The training of trainers (TOT) workshop aimed to enhance the capacity of trainers on understanding GBV, and give an overview of effective approaches on the prevention of GBV and guidance on integrating GBV prevention into other programme areas. The workshop also provided a space for initial strategizing on how to develop locally relevant GBV approaches and coordinate efforts across the country.
The workshop was inaugurated by the Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), the Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, a member of Parliament and Mr. David Akopyan, Deputy Country Director of UNDP....
The Change Project – the P4P led multi-country study on understanding gender, masculinity and power to prevent gender-based violence in Asia and the Pacific – is producing emerging findings on men’s experiences, attitudes and use of violence against women that help to paint a more holistic picture of the issue and improve violence prevention interventions. The study consists of complementary qualitative, quantitative and political analysis research. The national quantitative studies are the first being completed.
P4P and its partners have begun to use the preliminary findings to work with country-level partners to refine prevention strategies and inform policy. For example, in Cambodia, P4P is working with the local UN family and the inter-ministerial working group on GBV, to apply the findings to the drafting process of the country’s second National Action Plan to Address Domestic Violence. In Bangladesh the findings are being used to inform a violence prevention...
The Regional Learning Community (RLC), a grouping of gender justice practitioners, activists and academics from the East and Southeast Asian region, are fostering greater critical consciousness and analysis of gender justice in the region. Over the past two years, the RLC has created an egalitarian, inclusive and empowering learning space for practitioners from the region to share their knowledge and experience. Thus, new knowledge on gender justice is generated by, for, and with community members from around the sub-regions. Emerging from this process, participants have produced a regional curriculum to enhance understanding of gender theory and gender justice and enhance the skills needed to apply this new knowledge.
The curriculum’s creation emerged from a series of consultations where local partners identified a need for learning tools based on local realities. The curriculum is designed to enhance the understanding of masculinities and gender-power relations in...
Partners for Prevention (P4P), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Medical Research Council South Africa (MRC), are working together to improve the skills and understanding of practitioners regarding primary prevention of gender-based violence (GBV). The three partners recently concluded a second annual regional training week in Bangkok that was attended by 50 practitioners from 11 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. The trainings covered topics that included, enhancing understanding of what primary prevention is and why it is important, and how to design, implement and evaluate theory- and- evidence-based interventions.
To start the week, participants to the three day ’Introduction to Primary Prevention’ workshop explored the global evidence of what works, learned how to develop quality interventions using existing evidence and data, and learned how to apply theories of change. They discussed the challenges involved with measuring the impact of prevention...
A school-based violence prevention project was launched on 9 July, in Da Nang, Viet Nam, by PyD in conjunction with the central city's Department of Education and Training. The project aims to create an enabling environment within schools for gender violence prevention and mitigation through advocacy among students, teachers, students' clubs, and policy makers.
The project will be implemented until 2014, with financial and technical support from the Spanish Agency for International Development and Partners for Prevention, with additional technical support provided by a team from the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) Asia office. The project’s approach and curriculum was adapted from the Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS) model that has been implemented in India and has shown results.
"Working with children who are still forming ideas about gender and violence has proven to be an effective strategy for preventing violence later on in life," said...
Supported by Partners for Prevention, MRC and WHO, the 'Regional Skills Building Workshop: Introduction to Primary Prevention of Gender-based Violence' took place 2–4 July 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop aimed for participants to gain an understanding of what primary prevention is, why it is important, and how to design a theory- and evidence-based intervention (click here for more information about the workshop).
Following are the workshop presentations:
Overview of Violence and Prevention (Mr. James Lang) http://...
The South Asian Network to Address Masculinities (SANAM) is offering a fellowship programme, 'Understanding Masculinities: Culture, Politics and Social Change,' to build a resource pool of men, women and transgender persons with the knowledge base and skills to challenge harmful masculinities in different social settings.
The fellowship is open to individuals from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka only. Twenty-five fellows will be selected based on their experience, prior engagement and commitment, personal history and expertise. The deadline for applications is 25 August 2012.
For more information on SANAM, see http://www.engagingmen.net/networks/sanam .
To apply for the fellowship programme, see...
New feature films and documentaries from South Asia will promote reflection and discussion among young people regarding gender, masculinities and violence. The Let's Talk Men 2.0 film series, which was supported by P4P, IPPF, CARE International and other partners, will inspire reflection on masculinities, violence and other themes as they play out in five South Asian countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The film series includes two full length features from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and documentaries from Bangladesh, Nepal and India. The series will be released at the end of 2012, through different events in each country. By the end of 2013, a minimum of 5,000 Let’s Talk Men 2.0 packages - consisting of the five new films, a discussion guide for facilitating small group trainings among youth and other resources - will be disseminated throughout the region. In addition, practitioners, civil society organizations, educational institutions and other...
Acts of sexual violence committed by truckers, honour killings and the migration patterns of Pakistani men after marrying western women - these were just some of the complex issues addressed in projects finalized by fellows who were chosen and trained by the South Asian Network to Address Masculinities (SANAM).
SANAM, supported by P4P, is designed to develop the capacity of young activists on masculinities, gender justice and GBV prevention in South Asia. Through an intensive learning course that, provides theoretical frameworks and promising practices on these issues, the initiative is enabling individuals and organizations to develop more critically engaged actions and successful projects .
Thirty SANAM fellows from Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted and presented the findings from individual projects. In April, the Pakistani fellows joined together in Islamabad, at Quaid-i-Azam University, with a host of students, professors, civil society groups and...
Partners for Prevention (P4P) is accepting applications from practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in a regional learning and knowledge-sharing event focused on enhancing gender-based violence primary prevention interventions. The "Asia-Pacific Regional Learning Event: Practitioner’s Clinic – Improving our Primary Prevention Interventions" will take place 5–6 July 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. The deadline for applications is 8 June 2012.
This event will provide opportunities to network and share experiences from initiatives focused on the primary prevention of gender-based violence from the Asia and Pacific region.
This two-day meeting is for project managers of existing interventions that have a substantial GBV prevention focus. The clinic will involve one-on-one sessions with prevention experts and small group discussions to highlight what is working well and challenges faced by specific prevention projects. The one-on-one sessions will help...
Partners for Prevention is accepting applications from practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in a regional learning event focused on the primary prevention of gender-based violence. The "Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop: Introduction to Primary Prevention of Gender-based Violence" will take place 2–4 July 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. The deadline for applications is 8 June 2012.
This three-day workshop will highlight promising global and regional approaches to primary prevention, and how to integrate prevention activities into ongoing programming. After the workshop, participants will know what primary prevention is, why it is important and be familiar with different approaches for implementing prevention interventions.
The workshop is targeted at practitioners and policy makers from Asia and the Pacific region who have an interest to learn about primary prevention or plan to have a primary prevention project/intervention. Participants will be drawn...
P4P, along with the well-known author and trainer, Professor Raewyn Connell of the University of Sydney, have developed an online training module on how to conduct life history qualitative research. This training module was compiled during a one-day clinic “Skills Building on Life History Research” held in Bangkok on 26 April, and organized by P4P. Students, researchers, and practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region took part in the clinic, which helped to enhance their skills in life history research, with an additional focus on deepening understanding of masculinities as a means of preventing GBV and promoting gender equality. The qualitative component of P4P’s multi-country research uses life history methodology to explore pathways and trajectories in men’s lives that lead towards use of violence on the one hand and non-violence and promotion of peace and equality on the other.
The module includes:
1a) Uses and approaches to life history research (...
Across Cambodia hundreds of women and men are helping to save lives and build a more equitable future for the country. They are community volunteers working to end violence against women and girls (VAW/G). This video features five volunteers working for three civil society organizations in Cambodia: People Health Development (PHD), Gender and Development Cambodia (GADC) and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) to raise awareness and change attitudes and behaviours towards VAW/G. These inspiring volunteers talk about what motivates them to volunteer, what changes they have seen in their community, and themselves. As parts of their work, these five volunteers participate every year in the white ribbon campaign, the largest global effort of men working to end VAW/G. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about VAW/G.
As a part of Partners for Prevention's new initiative, we are seeking candidates fluent in Vietnamese to conduct qualitative research analysis on existing data from Vietnam on masculinities and GBV. The deadline for application is 9 April 2012.
For more information, click on this link or see below: http://partners4prevention.org/sites/default/files/documents/tor_for_stu...
Student Mentorship Initiative
REQUEST FOR INTEREST
Student researcher for Vietnamese qualitative data on masculinities and gender-based violence
Application deadline 9 April 2012
Partners for Prevention (P4P) is seeking Master’s or Doctorate-level student fluent in...
P4P is helping to test the use of social media platforms in campaigns to prevent GBV in the Asia-Pacific region. Social media can be a powerful tool for engaging young people with violence prevention efforts, but it has its limitations. The P4P regional project, “Engaging Young Men through Social Media for the Prevention of Violence against Women” - designed to raise awareness and motivate young people to take action to prevent GBV - has revealed practical lessons from three campaigns, on the effective use of social media tools for violence prevention. The three campaigns, implemented in 2011/2012, were conducted by Community the Youth Collective (CYC), a youth NGO from Delhi, India; Peace and Development Viet Nam (PYD), a Spanish NGO in Hanoi, Vietnam; and Eastern Campus, a public relations company in Beijing, China, that focuses on promoting social issues on college campuses.
P4P is currently developing a guide on Applying Social Media Tools for the Primary Prevention...
Partners for Prevention is seeking a master’s or doctorate-level student to conduct qualitative research analysis on existing data from Aceh on masculinities and GBV. Under the supervision and mentorship of the P4P Research Specialist, the student will analyze existing raw life history interview transcripts (available in English and Bahasa Indonesia) to better understand the links between masculinities and GBV in post-conflict Aceh.
Application deadline: 2 April 2012
Location: home-based (applicants from any region may apply and carry out this initiative from their home-base; no travel is required)
For more information, see http://partners4prevention.org/sites/default/files/documents/tor_student...
Partners for Prevention will hold a 'Skills Building Training on Qualitative 'Life History' Data Analysis in Asia and the Pacific.' The deadline for applications is 29 March 2012, and the training will be held on 26 April in Bangkok, Thailand.
Students, researchers, and practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region are encouraged to apply for this one-day training with internationally renowned scholar and activist on gender and masculinities, Professor Raewyn Connell. The workshop will be an opportunity to network and share experiences from research projects and initiatives focused on deepening an understanding of masculinities as a means of preventing gender-based violence and promoting gender equality.
For more information, see
Vietnamese musician and gender-rights advocate Pham Anh Khoa lent his support to a social media campaign, ‘Love Journey,’ that focused on healthy relationship skills among youth and encouraged them to take on the cause of gender justice.
“I believe respect, trust, understanding, love, equality and non-violence are key principles of a healthy relationship. There is no place for force and violence in love. True friends listen to and respect each other’s opinions. We (both men and women) should work towards making our relationships healthy,” Pham Anh Khoa said.
The campaign, which ran in Viet Nam from December – February 2012, was developed by Peace and Development Vietnam (PyD) with technical support from P4P and Demand Media, a US-based firm that provided pro bono technical advice. The campaign asked youth to submit photo essays on actions – large and small – that support healthy relationships.
Ben Swanton, PyD Project Manager for the Joint Campaign for...
Practitioners and donors working to prevent GBV came together for a regional consultation meeting held in Bangkok, in February. Participants reviewed current evidence of promising interventions from the Asia-Pacific region and explored issues at the heart of GBV prevention:
1) how to promote greater understanding of what prevention is and how it should be incorporated into interventions and policies as part of a holistic response to GBV;
2) how to support local innovation for prevention, while advocating for rigorous evidence-based programs;
3) how to improve processes for collaboration and coordination; and
4) how to address problems of continuity for long-term social change in the context of short-term project cycles.
In line with the moves to promote wider networking, participants discussed the need to improve collaboration mechanisms at the national and regional levels. “It is time to move from informal collaboration processes to a more formal...
The 'State of Gender-Based Violence Prevention in Asia and the Pacific - Reviewing evidence & mapping opportunities' meeting in Bangkok, 9-10 February 2012, offered an opportunity for particpants to discuss the current challenges and priorities for violence prevention, and entry points for deeper coordination among the development assistance community. The meeting presentations are available at:
1. Overview - Violence and Prevention
2. The Change project - Preliminary Findings
New research in Bangladesh found that men who have been abused as a child are at least two times more likely to use violence against women later on in life. The survey, implemented by icddr,b, UNFPA and Partners for Prevention, is the first of its kind in Bangladesh. The research approach of interviewing men has provided cutting-edge knowledge on social norms, men’s attitudes and behaviours regarding gender and violence.
The study reconfirmed that a high proportion of men use violence against women, with 52% of men reporting using physical violence against an intimate partner, and 10% of urban and 15% of rural men reporting rape of an intimate partner. However, men also experience high levels of violence as children, with an astounding 22-37% of men reporting experiencing sexual abuse as a child and 16-21% reporting physical abuse.
“We need to break this cycle of violence, we need to ensure that all our children have the chance to live in a peaceful home and the...
Under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator, the incumbent will support the successful delivery of selected activities under the capacity development component of the joint programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
Management of the capacity development component of P4P
Under the guidance and supervision of the Programme Coordinator manage and implement the Output 2 of Partners for Prevention joint programme: this includes work plan preparation, consultant supervision and management, planning, implementation and contribution to project activities;
Prepare regular reports on progress achieved by the project following the reporting requirements set by the Regional Programme Coordinator in collaboration with the programme team and project donors;
Contributing to the programme’s overall monitoring and evaluation tasks;
Coordinating the exchange of information among the programme partners;
Supporting other programme-related activities as...
During the 16 Days of Activism, from 25 November to 10 December 2011, Partners for Prevention will post a new blog each day on our website. Follow Partners for Prevention’s blog to find out how we are supporting an end to violence against women.
DAY 16 Supporting the ‘Good Men’ campaign in Cambodia
To promote the engagement and involvement of men in realizing gender equality in Cambodia, H.E. Sy Define, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Women's Affairs chaired the launch of the national ‘Good Men’ campaign. The launch took place coinciding with the 16-days campaign, an international event that aims at ending all forms of violence against women (VAW).
The Good Men campaign is a nation-wide communication initiative that targets boys and men throughout Cambodia. Its slogan is ‘Good men give value to women’. The ‘Good Men’ Campaign focuses on primary prevention or stopping violence before it starts. Its ultimate goal is to end violence against women...
The primary objective for this assignment with Partners for Prevention is to produce succinct and high quality publications including How to Guides, Policy Briefs, Toolkits, and Discussion Papers. These knowledge products will help the programme achieve the Public Awareness and Policy Advocacy Outputs of Partners for Prevention. Please submit aplications before 6 December 2011. For more information, see http://asia-pacific.undp.org/whatsnew/documents/20111122_ConsultantWrite...
Are your Filmmaking dreams hampered by a lack of a video camera? Let us help you…
Must Bol, a youth led campaign against gender violence, invites young filmmakers to participate in an online short film contest. At Must Bol, we believe that young people have something to say and can use films to express themselves. So borrow a camera to make a film and win your own Video Camera!
We invite young people to share creative cinematic expressions on one of the following:
• Body Image Issues (like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3rItSVR6jc)
• Gender Stereotypes (like http://mustbol.in/video-blog/dream-girl)
• Violence within Relationship (like...
In East and Southeast Asia, practitioners who are working toward gender justice have formed a new capacity development initiative called the The Regional Learning Community (RLC) for Transforming Masculinities and Gendered Power Relations to Promote Gender Justice for East and Southeast Asia (ESEA). This regional initiative is taking a collective approach to knowledge creation and skills building for the primary prevention of gender-based violence and the promotion of gender justice in the region.
The Regional Learning Community have put steps in place to generate and share their knowledge through a series of community learning processes, including trainings, networking, and partnerships. The knowledge generated through this initiative is being organised under a regional curriculum that is developed by and for practitioners, activists, advocates, experts, researchers, individuals and organisations from the region.
The RLC has recently launched a community online...
Over 30 people from seven countries in Asia and the Pacific came together recently to develop effective and sustainable strategies to communicate findings from The Change Project in their advocacy, public awareness, community and programming activities.
The Change Project is coordinated by Partners for Prevention, a UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV regional programme for Asia and the Pacific. It aims to consolidate a pioneering body of research on masculinities and their connections to violence against women to inform evidence-based responses to violence prevention.
The meeting took place October 31-November 2 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and brought together representatives from the UN, civil society, academia, and researchers from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam; leading researchers from key international GBV research projects including IMAGES, the WHO Multi-Country Study on Violence against Women and the Medical Research...
Partners for Prevention, the UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women & UNV Regional Joint Programme for Asia and the Pacific on the Prevention of Gender-based Violence, convened in Vientiane, Laos, a four-day workshop on Transforming Masculinities and Gendered Power Relations to Promote Gender Justice.
As an integral part of P4P’s Capacity Development strategy to develop a sustained resource pool of skilled resource people/mentors and to enhance in-country programming, P4P supported the Regional Learning Community (RLC) for East & Southeast Asia to develop regional curricula on the transformation of masculinities and gender power relations to promote gender justice. P4P is contributing to (sub) national demands by strengthening organizational and individual capacities of its partners needed for designing and reforming policies, influencing programming and supporting advocacy and awareness through this collective learning process.
Thirty civil society organization (CSO)...
The United Nations Secretary-General's UNiTE campaign has launched a T-Shirt Design Competition and are inviting young men ages 18 – 25 years old to use their imagination to prevent and end all forms of violence against women and girls and embody the concepts of equality, non-discrimination and respect in their designs. Five winners selected by twenty nine regional and five global judges, and one winner chosen by the Public Vote, will travel to New York to participate in the UN official observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which will take place on 22 November this year at UN Headquarters. For more information, see:http://unitetshirtcompetition.org/en/home
The Regional Learning Community (RLC) for Transforming Masculinities to Promote Gender Justice calls for applications from organisations and individuals in East and Southeast Asia committed to gender justice promotion and/or gender-based violence prevention to participate in a workshop to build critical consciousness, critical thinking capacity, knowledge and analytical capacity on Foundational Knowledge surrounding gender and power relations, gender justice and masculinities. The workshop will be held in Vientiane, Laos, from 24 – 27 October 2011.
To apply, see: http://www.engagingmen.net/node/3779
The workshop on the Foundational Knowledge section will comprise the following themes/topics:
1. Genders, power and injustice
2. Sexualities, power and injustice
3. Social and economic forces and inequalities
4. Spectrum of...
Deadline for applications: 28 September 2011
Date and Venue: 3-5 November 2011 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Partners for Prevention is accepting applications from practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region to participate in a regional workshop aiming at building practical skills for those implementing, planning or considering primary prevention projects/programmes.The workshop will also be an opportunity to network and share experiences from projects and initiatives focused on primary prevention of gender-based violence from the Asia and Pacific region.
Partners for Prevention is drawing upon resource people with extensive experiences and expertise in primary prevention of gender-based violence, prevention programming, and gender-based violence research. All participants will be planning or implementing a primary prevention project or strategy.
Participants will share knowledge and skills to:
•Design and coordinate primary prevention projects based...
Gender experts believe that education on violence prevention in Viet Nam should begin in schools but the subject was not in the curriculum and the topic was unfamiliar to most teachers.
"School-based violence prevention is very important, to teach young people before they get in a relationship or start to learn to use violence against each other," said Partners for Prevention Programme co-ordinator James Lang.
Speaking on the sideline of a workshop reviewing strategies and tools for school-based prevention in Ha Noi yesterday, Lang said nations should focus on helping young people understand their options in relationships and within families.
This would promote a more harmonious and violence-free society, he said.
He cited the results of last year's study on domestic violence against women in Viet Nam as a sorry fact.
The survey found that one in three or 34 per cent of married women had suffered physical or sexual violence from their husbands at...
The Model UN session on the constructive dialogue between the CEDAW committee and Chinese delegation was held in Beijing Normal University on May 28th. 30 student representatives from 10 first tier universities from Beijing and Shanghai participated in the activity. 5 students represented the CEDAW Committee members and the rest acted as Chinese delegates from 10 ministries of Chinese government.
As part of the project on ‘Engaging Young Men through Social Media for the Prevention of Violence against Women’, this offline activity enhanced gender awareness and the understanding of CEDAW among young people. Before the model session, student participants studied CEDAW convention and researched current gender issues in China and produced a comprehensive report on the progress the Chinese government has made in improving gender equality and the existing problems and challenges. During the model session, participants discussed the status-quo of gender equality including violence...
A quantitative survey aimed at deepening understanding of men’s attitudes and behaviours regarding VAW and its prevention has recently been completed in one urban and one rural site in China.
The survey findings will help inform future policy and programmes, and potentially serve as a baseline to monitor campaigns and initiatives to address men and boys’ attitudes and behaviours towards masculinity, gender equality, sexuality and VAW.
The survey was undertaken by a research team in China in collaboration with UNFPA China, and with support from the All China Women’s Federation. The survey methodology was based on the Partners for Prevention regional GBV Prevention and Masculinities Research Project and adapted to the Chinese context. Men and women ages 18 to 49 years, who were randomly selected as a representative sample in the study sites, were interviewed. The sample size for the quantitative study was 1500 men and 1500 women.
From 4-10 May, a training...
A group of young NGO activists from South Asia recently took part in an 18-day study programme in Nepal aimed at developing understanding on the political, social and cultural aspects of masculinities in relation to gender justice. The study programme was conducted by the South Asian Network to Address Masculinities (SANAM), with support from Partners for Prevention, and is part of SANAM’s Capacity Development Initiative in South Asia project.
The study programme was conducted 1-18 February in Nepal. Thirty people from various backgrounds of work and research on issues related to gender equality and masculinities from four countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan), along with one each from Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Philippines (totaling 33) participated in the study programme. Prominent experts from South Asia took part as resource persons.
The study programme used a training curriculum developed by SANAM that explores seven sub-themes: Conflict...
In East and Southeast Asia (ESEA), practitioners who are working toward gender justice are building a new capacity development initiative called the Regional Learning Community. This regional initiative seeks to develop a collective approach to knowledge creation and skills building for the primary prevention of violence against women (VAW) and the promotion of gender justice in the region.
The Regional Learning Community process aims to inspire and support national actions to contribute to long-term social change for gender justice and violence prevention. This group of practitioners have put steps in place to generate and share their knowledge through a series of community learning processes, including trainings, networking, and partnerships. The knowledge generated through this initiative is being organised under a regional curriculum that will be in the form of a web-based wiki. The regional curriculum is being developed by and for practitioners, activists, advocates,...
Must Bol is a call to young people to examine violence in their lives and speak out against it. The campaign is targeting youth in Delhi who are active and potential social media users, and uses creative media to generate thought-provoking discussions on gender and violence. The campaign has taken up issues of relevance to the inner circle of young people’s lives - self, body, family, peers, intimate relationships and workplace.
'In our engagement with young people we have witnessed how gender affects so many aspects of young people's lives and yet remains largely unquestioned. Violence emerging from gender goes largely unrecognized and routinised in many ways and even celebrated at times. There is great need for intervention and support, for placing gender in perspective and creating avenues for dialogue and discussion,' said Rama Rao, the facilitator of CYC’s Youth led Campaign. 'What is happening through this campaign is frank and open sharing of experiences and...
Partners for Prevention is supporting a practitioners’ Learning Community in East and SE Asia. The Learning Community aims to share knowledge across the region to promote gender justice and end violence against women. The Learning Community will collectively design a regional curriculum and implement trainings and will take a critical approach to both knowledge creation and leadership training. Please see the one page description at:
To support this process, we are seeking a number of practitioners and/or academics from the region to contribute to a regional curriculum by helping to shape content and training modules on the following topics :
1. Feminism & Human...
Engagingmen.net has launched the first issue of its community e-magazine, "16 Days of Activism: Our Collective Action". The e-magazine is available at www.engagingmen.net/e-magazine-issue-1 .
The e-magazine includes news, photos and video highlights of campaign activities conducted by Engagingmen.net members from around the globe, including community outreach activities, policy and advocacy campaigns, social media activism and youth mobilisation initiatives. The campaign activities highlighted in the e-magazine took place during the 2010 16 Days of Activism, between 25 November and 10 December. These events called for the elimination of all forms of violence against women, including the importance of involving men in the prevention of violence against women.
The Engagingmen.net (EMN) Community E-magazine series is designed as a forum for EMN members to reflect on...
From the 23rd – 25th of March 2011, Partners for Prevention hosted the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Research Meeting for the Gender-based Violence Prevention and Masculinities Research Project in Bangkok. Thirty participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, representing research institutes, civil society, government, UN partners as well as members of the project’s Regional Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Group took part in three days of active discussion and planning.
Country teams presented on their progress so far and shared lessons they have learned along the way. Claudia Garcia-Moreno (WHO) and Gary Barker (Instituto Promundo) also shared their invaluable experiences from the WHO Multi-country Study and IMAGES, respectively. Rachel Jewkes (Medical Research Council) and Emma Fulu (P4P) provided training to participants on both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and research dissemination. Report...
James Lang, Coordinator of Partners for Prevention, gave a seminar at UNDP Headquarters to discuss the successes and challenges of the UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV regional joint program that includes the core strategy of working with boys and men to prevent violence against women in Asia and the Pacific.
The event was made accessible within the UN family as well as to the public in real time via www.ustream.tv. Participants logged in from Antigua, Canada, Mexico, Pakistan, Guyana, and Fiji, and were able to post questions and hear the responses to them.
To watch the video, see: (http://www.engagingmen.net/video/sysop/2011/01/presentation...
SIDA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, recognizes that gender equality is both a goal in itself as well as a prerequisite for long-term democratic development and equitable and sustainable global development.
To promote gender equality, greater influence of women and greater respect for women’s rights in Asia and the Pacific, SIDA/Sweden announces its support of the Partners for Prevention programme for three years (2011-2013) of 9 million Swedish crowns (~US$1,320,000).
SIDA’s policy to promote gender equality and the rights and role of women is focusing its efforts primarily on four areas: women’s political participation and influence; women’s economic empowerment and working conditions; sexual and reproductive health and rights; and women’s security, including combating all forms of gender-based violence and human trafficking. In addition, SIDA recognizes that GBV is also perpetrated against boys and men, and that boys and men are...
Activists and practitioners working for gender justice and violence prevention in East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific met in Bangkok recently to outline a collective approach for knowledge creation and sharing across the region.
“By pulling together regionally and developing a body of knowledge and strategies for action that is pertinent to the experiences of our countries, we will strengthen and inspire our work and ultimately empower ourselves and those we work with” said Undarya Tumursukh, the National Coordinator of Mongolia Feminist Network.
“Our work is about transforming communities, attitudes, and behaviors on masculinities as a way to prevent gender-based violence,” said Nur Hasyim, Coordinator of the Men’s Programme of Rifka Annisa in Indonesia, “It is important to collectively improve our understanding, perspective, skills, and strategy on how to challenge masculinities and patriarchies.”
Participants outlined the plan to develop a regional...
Let’s Talk Men 2.0 is a new film series aimed at drawing boys and men into discussions on gender and violence prevention and encouraging their active participation in building a more gender equitable South Asia.
The new series is based on four films on masculinities that were made in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan in 1998 with the support of UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia and Save the Children (UK).
The first regional project of its kind, the series catalyzed a discussion on masculinities and kick-started wide spread engagement on the importance of developing interventions with boys and men on gender issues and specifically on gender-based violence.
The four films made under the previous project (When Four Friends Meet (India), Our Boys (Bangladesh), Listen To The Wind (Nepal), Now That Is More Like A Man (Pakistan)) have been utilized extensively in the last decade for trainings, advocacy and discussion by almost every group working on gender...
Partners for Prevention, in collaboration with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) is conducting research aimed at exploring the challenges Parliamentarian’s face in moving prevention policy forward, and developing a deeper understanding of how they can be supported in the key roles they can play in GBV prevention in their countries.
P4P recently interviewed MPs at the Regional Women Ministers’ and Parliamentarians Conference, “Review of Parliamentarians’ Actions and Legislations on the Elimination of Violence against Women,” on 21 -22 October , in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At the conference, Partners for Prevention also gave a presentation about how to engage boys and men in the prevention of violence against women in the session “Men in Action on Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls”. Over 90 parliamentarians from 19 Asia-Pacific countries participated in the conference. The conference was organized by AFPPD in cooperation with...
Partners for Prevention and Demand Media, Inc., an online media company with expertise in developing social media platforms and campaigns, are working together in Asia and the Pacific to implement social media campaigns to raise awareness and promote action to prevent violence against women and girls.
Demand Media is providing pro bono support to the Partners for Prevention project, “Engaging Young Men through Social Media for the Prevention of Violence against Women,” which aims to connect and inspire young people to take action to end gender-based violence. The project will be carried out in China, Indonesia, India and Viet Nam over the next 15 months.
Demand Media has provided training for the groups in China, Indonesia and India that are carrying out the social media campaigns, including exploring effective social media tools and how they can be used creatively to reach out to boys and men to take action to prevent violence against women.
A team of...
Prevailing views on manhood in Cambodia are similar to those found in communities around the world: men are expected to be dominant over women and the main breadwinners within the household. According to a recent study conducted by Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC), some men also believe that men can use violence against women when their gendered roles are challenged.
The study - Deoum Troung Pram Hath in Modern Cambodia: A Qualitative Exploration of Gender Norms, Masculinity and Domestic Violence – examines the links between masculinity, gender, and domestic violence and aims to help identify effective means of preventing violence against women and children. The study was conducted with support from Partners for Prevention, the International Centre for Research on Women with additional funding from the UN Trust Fund for Ending Violence against Women.
A dominant view held by the respondents is that violence committed by men at home is seen less negatively...
“Agents for women”, the male refugees whispered, as they observed male staff from the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Gender-based Violence Programme go about their activities in the community. Other men, on being encouraged to share housework responsibilities, agreed, “They are not real men”.
When programming to addresses violence against women is introduced into a community it often takes time for community members, especially men, to understand and accept it. Starting IRC’s program in the refugee camps for ethnic Karenni from Burma was no exception.
But the reality was that the camp was rife with problems of domestic violence. Frustration from being holed up in the camp for years, unemployment and alcohol abuse, among others --- often implode nightly in the small bamboo houses. But, “you don’t hear anything”, Ko Noung says quietly. A volunteer for the GBV programme and a refugee himself, he continues, “You only know something [bad] has happened when you...
The South Asian Network to Address Masculinities (SANAM) has developed a curriculum for practitioners in South Asia to foster commitment to work with boys and men to challenge gender-based inequalities and violence. The curriculum promotes a reflective mode of thinking that enables boys and men to challenge their own attitudes and behaviour patterns at an individual level – and then to apply their skills and passion to help inspire changes within communities and organizations.
SANAM consists of academics, practitioners, trainers and activists from around South Asia with diverse experience and expertise on masculinities and gender. SANAM has developed innovative strategies for deepening knowledge and inspiring change including an 18 day emersion in the curriculum and a mentorship plan to match experienced members with young practitioners who will be engaged throughout 2011 in implementing new activities in their local environment.
The curriculum includes a focus on...
A joint media release from Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Kevin Rudd MP and Minister for the Status of Women, The Hon Kate Ellis MP.
Australia is a strong supporter of White Ribbon Day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and the Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis, today announced $1 million over the next four years to support Partners for Prevention in its work with men across Asia and the Pacific to end violence against women.
Mr Rudd said Partners for Prevention is an innovative joint United Nations program that involves governments, civil society and United Nations agencies working together to change attitudes and prevent violence.
"This investment will help develop research and training materials on gender based violence to support governments and other organisations in their work from Bangladesh to Vietnam," Mr Rudd said.
"As a White Ribbon...
Partners for Prevention recently launched Engagingmen.net, a new practitioners' portal for people around the world who are interested in engaging boys and men in gender justice. As of December 2010, around 600 individuals from around the world have become members of the web based portal. Members come from diverse backgrounds but share common interest in issues including women's empowerment, the prevention of violence against women, stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, promoting responsible fatherhood and healthy relationships, and more.
This interactive site aims to help practitioners develop and expand their knowledge on involving boys and men in supporting women’s empowerment and ending violence against women. The site includes a large online library of resources on gender justice, including toolkits, training manuals and research reports. It also provides special pages and topical groups to help practitioners connect with others in their region or field of interest. Members...
In Aceh, Partners for Prevention and the local UNIFEM office are supporting research that seeks to create a deeper understanding of the social structures, norms, attitudes and behaviours that contribute to violence against women. The research will provide a better understanding of healthy and equitable ways manhood can be defined in the Acehnese context, and how men can become partners for violence prevention. In addition, there is very little accurate data on the prevalence, causes and consequences of violence in Aceh. Thus this project aims to address this gap and help inform policy and programs to more effectively prevent violence against women.
The research is set in a rapidly changing context, and will shed light on how Aceh’s particular circumstance has impacted on shaping particular notions of masculinity, and how certain gender norms contribute to men’s use of violence. The project also aims to understand the ways in which armed conflict is both a product of and...
NGOs and communications experts met in Bangkok recently to explore the latest cutting edge platforms, tools and theories on using social media for social change. Seventeen participants from India, China, and Indonesia took part in the meeting, along with representatives from UNIFEM and Demand Media, a leading online media company and expert in developing social media platforms.
The meeting brought together the three organizations that are part of Partners for Prevention’s “Engaging Young Men through Social Media for the Prevention of Violence against Women” project, which aims to connect and inspire young people to take action to end violence against women and will be carried out in China, Indonesia, and India.
With the support of a leading expert on social media from Demand Media, participants explored the key principles of a social media campaign, the most effective social media tools available and how they can be used creatively to reach out to boys and men to...
The first phase of a five-year communications campaign for the prevention of domestic violence was jointly launched recently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Cambodia, GTZ, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and Paz y Desarrollo, along with Partners for Prevention and Gender and Development for Cambodia (GAD/C). More than 90 representatives from Government, NGOs and the UN in Cambodia attended the event.
The national Joint Communications Campaign (JCC) aims to increase awareness on the prevention of domestic violence and change attitudes and behaviours of boys and men in Cambodia, inviting them to engage and take positive actions towards the issue.
In order to strengthen the campaign, recent research conducted in Cambodia is being used to inform the campaign and increase the effectiveness of the project. The research is providing vital information that sheds light on the target audience by mapping out the...
What do masculinities have to do with gender-based violence? This is the question that brought together representatives from civil society, academic, research institutes and UN agencies from across the Asia-Pacific region last week to launch Partners for Prevention’s ground-breaking Gender-based Violence and Masculinities Research Project. The three-year project will enhance our understanding of the underlying causes of gender-based violence, build local and regional knowledge on how to engage men and boys to prevent violence, and lay a foundation to inspire future research on a global scale.
“We’ve come together to jump-start a body of research that will leave a legacy for gender justice in the region,” says P4P project coordinator James Lang. “This collective endeavor is building alliances between researchers, civil society, government and UN partners to catalyze innovation and guide our understanding gender-based violence prevention to new levels.”
The program’s “...
Partners for Prevention is accepting applications from practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region to participate in a regional workshop aiming at building practical skills for those implementing, planning or considering primary prevention projects/programmes. The workshop will also be an opportunity to network and share experiences from projects and initiatives focused on primary prevention of gender-based violence from the Asia and Pacific region. Partners for Prevention is drawing upon resource people with extensive experiences and expertise in primary prevention of gender-based violence, prevention programming, and gender-based violence research.
To apply, see:
Participants will share knowledge and skills to:
Design and coordinate primary prevention projects based on evidence and promising practices...