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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 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.

Global_resources   GLOBAL RESOURCES

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.

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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.

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Ending Violence against Women and Girls: Programming Essentials, overview, guiding principles and definitions, strategies, monitoring and evaluation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Communication Initiative Network - Where communication & media are central to social and economic development.

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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.

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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.

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Fast Facts: Statistics on Ending Violence against Women and Girls.

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Ending Violence against Women and Girls: UNIFEM Strategy and Information Kit,  Arabic, English, Spanish and French.

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Together We Must! End Violence against Women and Girls and HIV & AIDS, profiles 10 organizations' strategies.

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MenEngage Global Alliance, boys and men for gender equality.

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Minnesota Center Against violence and Abuse, features selection of multimedia, articles, courses, toolkits (1996-2012).

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FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE Fact Sheets

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Regional_resources   REGIONAL RESOURCES

AFRICA

GBV Prevention Network – Activists and practitioners committed to preventing gender-based violence in the Horn, Eastern and Southern Africa.

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ASIA

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.

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EUROPE

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.

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LATIN AMERICA

Banco De Buenas Practicas, Showcases campaigns, videos and information.

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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.

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Other_resources   OTHER RESOURCES

Avon Foundation, Report on VAW Communications Evolution, 2011

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Interagency Gender Working Group, promotes gender equality within population, health and nutrition programs

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Picturing a Life Free of Violence, Media & Communications Strategies to End Violence Against Women, UNIFEM, published 2001

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Media Materials Clearinghouse, collection of heath communications materials (1990-2000s), addresses violence against women and youth.

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News

Pakistan's cartoon "Burka Avenger" swoops into India to empower girls

April 15, 2015 at 9AM EST

Thomson Reuters Foundation, April 14, 2015, New Delhi: A female cartoon superhero who dons a burka to tackle crimes against girls and other social ills is bringing her message of women's empowerment to India, the creator of the Pakistani ...

#JusticeForLiz: With this conviction, the Kenya we want is within reach

April 15, 2015 at 9AM EST

The Guardian, April 13, 2015: The sentencing of three men for the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl is a breakthrough for women’s rights in a country plagued by sexual violence

Online Violence: Just Because It's Virtual Doesn't Make It Any Less Real

April 15, 2015 at 9AM EST

The Huffington Post, April 14, 2015: In the Democratic Republic of Congo, two teens' private photos, taken by a boyfriend, are posted to Facebook without their consent. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a young woman is covertly photographed...