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10 December 2014

UK supports new innovative global research to prevent violence against women and girls

Britain will fund 18 ground breaking research programmes to help prevent violence against women and girls as part of the Department for International Development’s What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme.

The projects, selected in conjunction with the Medical Research Council South Africa, will implement and test cutting-edge interventions that aim to fundamentally advance approaches to stopping violence before it starts. The programme will also conduct rigorous evaluations of promising existing programmes to assess how they can be taken to scale.

The projects supported through the What Works Programme, include:

  • One Man Can and Creating Futures in South Africa, which will engage men and boys to challenge traditional models of manhood
  • Business for Social Responsibility, which aims to end sexual harassment in the workplace for women working in the garment sector in Bangladesh; and
  • Ujamaa Africa, which will focus on economic empowerment combined with self-defence programmes in Kenya for adolescents to prevent sexual assault.

Overall the grants will support projects in 16 countries from Afghanistan to Zambia.

International Development Minister, Baroness Northover said:

“Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic. Though some societies have made more progress than others, we must all work together to end it.

“These are really exciting projects and thanks to the boost from UK funding they will help improve the lives of women and girls in some of the poorest countries.”

Rachel Jewkes, Medical Research Council SA and lead of the What Works To Prevent Violence Against Women Global Programme said:

“We know there are a lot of gaps in the evidence and data on issues relating to violence against women and girls, not least because of the sensitive nature of the research and data collection.

“We are delighted today to be announcing the recipients of our innovation and research grants, as we mark the end of the 16 days of activism, and look forward to finding out what works to prevent violence against women and girls in the coming years.”

The grants were unveiled at an event hosted by the Medical Research Council SA on 10 December attended by International Development Minister, Baroness Northover as well as the What Works Independent Advisory Committee.

Press release

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