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Lessons and Learning

Dedicated to “building futures without violence,” The COMMUNICATIONS X-CHANGE offers materials from around the world focused on ending violence against women and children and highlights the effectiveness of using communications to stimulate change in attitudes and beliefs, influence social norms and empower individuals and communities.

The X-CHANGE is both a treasure chest and a toolbox. As a treasure chest, it showcases the wealth of communications initiatives from all four corners of the globe. As a tool box, it engages us to share insights, learning and analyses using two effective models: the diffusion model, broadcasting a compelling case from an authoritative source to convince people to change their thinking or behavior and the participatory model, encouraging community engagement, involving local people and groups to craft and deliver the message

Seizing this moment when communications technology and social media are creating new avenues for sharing all kinds of information globally, the ever-expanding X-Change will open access to resources while providing insightful context and best practices.

GLOBAL

UN Women, Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls features information and resources on programming, implementation, expertise, events and training and offers programming help. http://www.endvawnow.org/

Ending Violence against Women and Girls: Programming Essentials, overview, guiding principles and definitions, strategies, monitoring and evaluation http://www.endvawnow.org/uploads/modules/pdf/1328563919.pdf

Fast Facts: Statistics on Ending Violence against Women and Girls http://www.endvawnow.org/en/articles/299-fast-facts-statistics-on-violence-against-women-and-girls-.html

Ending Violence against Women and Girls Strategy and Information Kit, Arabic, English, Spanish and French http://www.unifem.org/materials/item_detail.php?ProductID=185

Together We Must! End Violence against Women and Girls and HIV & AIDS, profiles 10 organizations’ strategies http://www.unifem.org/materials/item_detail.php?ProductID=157

The Communication Initiative Network – Where Communication & media are central to social and economic development http://www.comminit.com/global/search/apachesolr_search/violence?filters=tid:36

Through Our Eyes: Communication, Participation & Change. A review of communication initiatives addressing gender-based violence, gender norms, and harmful traditional practices in crisis-affected settings. United States Agency for International Development (USAID), September 2010. http://transition.usaid.gov/our_work/cross-cutting_programs/wid/pubs/Through_Our_Eyes_Desk_Review_1-10-2011.pdf

Social Norms Marketing Aimed at Gender-Based Violence – A Literature Review and Critical Assessment, Conducted by the International Rescue Committee, May 2010. Provides theory and case studies. http://betsylevypaluck.com/Paluck%20Ball%20IRC%20Social%20Norms%20Marketing%20Long.pdf

Fact Sheets http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/content/action_center/detail/754

Working with Men and Boys http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/section/our_work/men_and_boys

Focus on Fathers http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/Children_and_Families/FAV-final.pdf

Breaking the Violence Cycle http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/section/our_work/child_wellbeing/_breaking_cycle

Audio Stories, English and Spanish http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/Children_and_Families/Fathering_Michael1.mp3

Defending Childhood---Protect, Heal, Thrive http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/section/our_work/child_wellbeing/defending_childhood_initiative

Working with Judges http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/section/our_work/judges

Maternal Health Toolkit http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/section/our_work/women_and_girls/_downloadable_resources

MenEngage Global Alliance, boys and men for gender equality http://www.menengage.org/

Say NO Unite to End Violence against Women, social mobilization globally to build the movement http://saynotoviolence.org/

Minnesota Center Against violence and Abuse, features selection of multimedia, articles, courses, toolkits (1996-2012) http://www.mincava.umn.edu/

REGIONAL

AFRICA

GBV Prevention Network—Activists and Practitioners Committed to Preventing Gender-Based Violence in the Horn, Eastern and Southern Africa http://www.preventgbvafrica.org/resources/type/Communication%20Materials

LATIN AMERICA

Banco De Buenas Practicas, Showcases campaigns, videos and information http://www.observatorioviolencia.org/bbpp-proyectos.php?categoria=510

OTHER RESOURCES

Avon Foundation, Report on VAW Communications Evolution, 2011 http://www.avonfoundation.org/assets/communications-evolution-report-2012.pdf

Media Materials Clearinghouse, Collection of heath communications materials (1990-2000s), addresses violence against women and youth http://www.m-mc.org/mmc_search.php?match=violence%20against%20women&step=results&adv=mat&site=HCP&key

Interagency Gender Working Group, Promotes Gender equality within Population, Health and Nutrition Programs http://www.igwg.org/

Picturing a Life Free of Violence, Media & Communications Strategies to End Violence Against Women, UNIFEM, published 2001 http://www.endvawnow.org/uploads/browser/files/Picturing%20a%20Life%20Free%20of%20Violence%20English.pdf

News

Child brides abducted, raped, married to appease gods, settle debts

July 21, 2014 at 12PM EST

Thomson Reuters Foundation, July 18, 2014, Nairobi:In Ethiopia, girls are abducted on their way to school, raped and then married to their captors.In Ghana, they are married to traditional priests...

Ethiopia's child brides see marriage as key to jobs abroad, says thinktank

July 21, 2014 at 11AM EST

The Guardian, July 21, 2014: On eve of Girl Summit, ODI reveals trend of girls entering early marriages followed by swift divorces to migrate for family's sake

Child marriage soars among Syrian refugees in Jordan

July 21, 2014 at 10AM EST

The Guardian, July 16, 2014: Child marriage among Syrian refugees in Jordan has more than doubled since the start of the conflict, leaving girls vulnerable to health problems, domestic abuse and poverty, the UN has warned.