Practical Tools for Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Agriculture and Beyond
Gender-based violence (GBV) is widespread, affecting people in every country and across every industry, income level, race, ethnicity, religion and education level. It affects women’s ability to access healthcare, benefit from income-generating activities, participate fully in political and civic life and contribute to economic growth. It costs the private sector money in the form of lost productivity and absenteeism, and it prevents girls from completing their education.
Development practitioners across sectors are increasingly aware of the challenges posed by GBV and the importance of addressing it in their programming. But how? Given the need for greater awareness, evidence-based solutions and strategies to effectively prevent, mitigate and respond to GBV, the Feed the Future Advancing Women’s Empowerment (AWE) program captured and synthesized existing GBV resources and promising practices in agriculture and other technical sectors in a new resource, "Gender-Based Violence Resource List and Good Practices in Agriculture and Other Sectors."
Each tool or resource on the list provides practical, step-by-step guidance on how to integrate GBV considerations into development and humanitarian work. Practitioners can easily identify and select the tools and resources most relevant to their work. Some of the resources are agriculture-focused, while others focus mainly on other sectors. Those that focus on non-agriculture sectors include an explanation of how they can be applied to the agriculture sector. Each resource or tool also includes implications for staffing, knowledge base, human resources or compliance systems, or policy environments.
AWE is also working on expanding this list and will be releasing an updated version that includes more of the latest agriculture-focused tools and resources for addressing GBV. In addition, AWE will soon start piloting a new toolkit to address GBV specifically for agriculture and market systems programs. Join AWE’s mailing list to make sure you’re the first to hear when the new list and new tools come out.