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A new report has brought to light the enormous economic and social costs of violence against women and girls in South Sudan.The report suggests that more than eight million days of productivity have been lost as a result of violence in the past year. Listent to the podcast on Audioboom here
A study by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, has revealed that Ghana in 2016 lost $18.9 million (GHC73.5 million) as economic costs of violence against women and girls (VAWG). Published by GhanaWeb, read the full article here
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A UK-funded project has reduced domestic violence by nearly 60 per cent in a conflict-riven region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The programme, which was trialed in 15 remote villages in the Ituri region of DRC, trained faith leaders to challenge socially accepted norms in their sermons and discussion groups.  Published by The Telegraph, read the full article here
UK aid-backed research programme ‘What Works to Prevent Violence’ studies effective ways to reduce rates of violence against women and girls around the world. A pilot in the Democratic Republic of Congo dramatically cut violence against women by 58%. The project trained faith leaders and community volunteers in 15 remote and conflict-affected communities to speak out and make violence socially…
Watch our latest video showcasing the latest evidence from Stepping Stones and Creating Futures, which has seen a reduction in violence in informal settlements in South Africa. Violence against women and girls is preventable.
What Works is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day and is marking the moment with a positive message that violence IS preventable. Whats projects have reduced violence against women by over 50%. Find out what works at
The global North can learn from the use of "lay counsellors" in poorer countries Every year, the US spends twice as much money on Halloween costumes for its pets than developing countries receive in aid for mental health care. Demand for mental health services outstrips supply in almost every country across the world, but in developing countries — particularly those…
Pakistan is rated 148 of 149 countries for gender equality — can play change that? Right to Play uses structured play-based activities to teach life skills to adolescents and reduce violence in schools. A recent evaluation demonstrated significant reductions in peer violence and depression scores among participants. Advocates hope it could reduce violence in Pakistani society at large by making…
“Don’t speak to me like that,” a man shouts at his wife, throwing a barrage of accusations before he slaps her across the face and punches her in the stomach. “Have some respect!”  Laughter erupts among the two hundred or so onlookers, for this exaggerated exchange is not real. Village leaders in Asibrim, a rural community in Ghana’s central region, are…
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