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 analysis 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 and involve an ever-growing number of people everywhere, the ever-expanding X-CHANGE opens access to formerly unseen resources while providing insightful context and best practices. The Communication Award winners showcase innovation: they bring technology to the cause, reach out to men and boys, give voice to physically handicapped women and firmly assert that violence against women and children is unacceptable, regardless of sexual orientation, class, race, age, religion, nationality or ethnicity. Delve deeply into the Communications X-CHANGE library and also use these selected resources to build knowledge, capacity and connections.
Violence Prevention: the evidence, published by The World Health Organization, this authoritative global report and other comprehensive materials provide the evidence base, make the case that violence is preventable, and highlight the crucial role that public health has to play in addressing its causes and consequences. WHO offers full reports, flyers and factsheets, along with briefings highlighting best practices and community action. See, Changing Cultural and Social Norms that Support Violence, and Ending Violence against Women and Girls.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
Ending Violence against Women and Girls: Programming Essentials, overview, guiding principles and definitions, strategies, monitoring and evaluation.LEARN MORE
Together for Girls, We Can End Sexual Violence, a private-public partnership emphasizes a multi-sectoral approach, local engagement, evidence based programming and social norm change. See Technical Action Framework, 2011; Violence against Children Surveys and Reports, and The Together for Girls Partnership: Linking Violence Against Children Surveys to Coordinated and Effective Action, 2013.LEARN MORE
Hidden Violence: Preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of adolescent boys—Case Studies and Directions for Action, Promundo, 2012. Engaging Men to Prevent Gender-Based Violence: A Multi-Country Intervention and Impact Evaluation Study, 2012. Founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1997, Promundo works internationally to engage men and boys to promote gender equality and end violence against women and is a key source of materials and evidence for engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.LEARN MORE
Advancing Gender Equality: Promising Practices, Case Studies from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund, a collection of lessons and results from around the world focusing on ending violence against women, increasing women's participation and building capacity.LEARN MORE
The Communication Initiative Network - Where communication & media are central to social and economic development.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
Social Norms Marketing Aimed at Gender-Based Violence - A Literature Review and Critical Assessment, Conducted by the International Rescue Committee, May 2010. Provides theoretical framework and case studies.LEARN MORE
Fast Facts: Statistics on Ending Violence against Women and Girls.LEARN MORE
Ending Violence against Women and Girls: UNIFEM Strategy and Information Kit, Arabic, English, Spanish and French.LEARN MORE
Together We Must! End Violence against Women and Girls and HIV & AIDS, profiles 10 organizations' strategies.LEARN MORE
MenEngage Global Alliance, boys and men for gender equality.LEARN MORE
Minnesota Center Against violence and Abuse, features selection of multimedia, articles, courses, toolkits (1996-2012).LEARN MORE
FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE Fact SheetsLEARN MORE
GBV Prevention Network – Activists and practitioners committed to preventing gender-based violence in the Horn, Eastern and Southern Africa.LEARN MORE
Why Do Some Men Use Violence Against Women and How Can We Prevent It? Quantitative Findings from the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. This six-country survey done in 2013 explores the prevalence of men's use of violence against women in the survey sites, and shows what factors make men more or less likely to use violence.LEARN MORE
Violence against Women: An EU-wide Survey. This first ever survey on violence against women across the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) is based on interviews with 42,000 women across the EU, who were asked about their experiences of physical, sexual and psychological violence, including incidents of intimate partner violence ('domestic violence'). See main results, factsheets and whole report.LEARN MORE
Banco De Buenas Practicas, Showcases campaigns, videos and information.LEARN MORE
The Commitment of the States: Plans and Policies to Eradicate Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, produced in 2013 by UNDP-UNW, this report examines regional lessons since the implementation of the Inter-American Convention of Belém do Pará in 1994.LEARN MORE
Avon Foundation, Report on VAW Communications Evolution, 2011LEARN MORE
Interagency Gender Working Group, promotes gender equality within population, health and nutrition programsLEARN MORE
Picturing a Life Free of Violence, Media & Communications Strategies to End Violence Against Women, UNIFEM, published 2001LEARN MORE
Media Materials Clearinghouse, collection of heath communications materials (1990-2000s), addresses violence against women and youth.LEARN MORE
Thomson Reuters Foundation, May 19, 2015, Casablanca, Morocco: The massive earthquakes in Nepal will lead to a dramatic rise in child marriage and the trafficking of children as criminals prey on orphans and parents act to protect young daughters...
The New York Times, May 18, 2015, Dalori, Nigeria: Hundreds of women and girls captured by Boko Haram have been raped, many repeatedly, in what officials and relief workers describe as a deliberate strategy to dominate rural residents...
The Guardian, May 13, 2015: Human Rights Watch calls for the end to ‘two-finger test’ by medics, saying it is harmful and humiliating