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Schools-based programmes to prevent violence against women and girls seem intuitively right, but little quantitative evidence exists, to show what impact these programmes can have on wider rates of violence, or to tease out how work in schools can impact on a number of risk factors at once. The What Works Global programme is filling this gap by evaluating a large schools-based programme in Pakistan.
Right to Play works in 600 government schools, with 2,000 teachers, and provides over 200,000 children across Pakistan with a programme of sport and play. Amidst all the fun, children learn problem-solving and conflict resolution skills, and are encouraged to develop their sense of self-esteem and respect for equality.

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in the news

The Global Programme continues to get press coverage across its work, some highlights include:
The Guardian
The News
The Lancet
Huffington Post
Folha d. Sao Paulo
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how south african TV is helping stop vawg in palestine

A television production company that aims to shift the way millions of Palestinians think about women, and the use of violence, will work with the makers of South Africa’s award winning television programme Soul City, to create TV that reaches, entertains and educates people.
Ma’an Television, a Palestinian media organisation, has been funded through the What Works Innovation Fund, to develop the first mass-media campaign of its kind in the Middle East. Ma’an will develop three television programmes, designed to challenge the way people perceive and treat women. The first will be a comedy programme in which characters switch their gender roles. The second, a lifestyle feature series that will profile remarkable Palestinian women and their achievements, and the third, a fictionalised courtroom drama that will explore the legal issues faced by women, while also educating about their rights.
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THE MACRO MATTERS: new lancet ARTICLE on multi-country study shows

The presence of laws and initiatives to promote equal rights for men and women, helps to predict where violence against women and girls is less likely to happen, and influences the level of risk posed to individual women, a study released this week in The Lancet has shown.

‘Cross-national and multilevel correlates of partner violence: an analysis of data from population-based surveys,’ is the first study of its kind, to compare macro-level laws and policies, across 44 countries, to see what effect they have on the prevalence and distribution of VAWG, and how they influence the success of programmes that work at a more targeted level with individuals. Read more.


DFID Guidance note

A new guidance note, developed by the UK Department for International Development, teases out the complex relationship between economic development, economic empowerment and violence against women, and provides practical advice on how to include elements that could help to prevent VAWG, into wider projects devoted to economic empowerment and growth.
It can be accessed here.


Component 2 of the What Works programme is now well into its implementation phase, with efforts currently focused on formative work for two of the project’s largest research studies: an assessment of a comprehensive case management model using a task sharing approach with refugee community workers in Dadaab Kenya; and a population-based mixed methods prevalence study in South Sudan.

In June, research partners London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the African Population Health and Research Center (APHRC) conducted formative research in Dadaab in northern Kenya, working closely with International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CARE programme teams in Hagadera and Dagahaley refugee camps.
The formative work will use qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand the experiences of refugee community workers and national staff delivering comprehensive case management services. The findings from the formative research will inform the development of a cohort survey where researchers will explore whether a comprehensive case management approach using task sharing to deliver gender-based violence response services is an acceptable, feasible and effective approach to improving the safety, health and well-being of GBV survivors. The researchers will be based with IRC and CARE staff in Dadaab, with the cohort survey due to take place in early 2016.
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On the 5th of May, Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, made a historic visit to National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. Component Three of the What Works Programme, led by NUI Galway, was asked to present their work in a research showcase. Dr. Stacey Scriver of Component Three met with the Duchess of Cornwall and introduced her to the What Works Programme as a whole and to the work of Component Three. The Duchess wished the programme well on our future endeavours.

isser ghanna joins as national research partner

The Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) based at the University of Ghana has joined Component Three as the national research organisation in Ghana. ISSER brings a wealth of knowledge and more than half a century of experience in conducting statistical and social science research with an emphasis on policy development. Led by Professor Felix Asante, ISSER joins the Social Policy and Development Centre in Pakistan, and Dr. Khalifa Elmusharraf in South Sudan, to provide contextualised, technical in-country support for Component Three's implementation of research in the three countries.
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What Works: VAWG in Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis

What Works: Economic and Social Costs of VAWG
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