Gender & Development Volume 24, Issue 2, July  2016
Violence Against Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a central concern for development, both from a human rights perspective, and from the point of view of the economic and social costs that VAWG represents.  The scale of VAWG is shocking; the World Health Organization estimates one in three women will directly experience either or both of two forms of VAWG: intimate partner violence, or sexual violence from a non-partner. Authors in this issue of Gender & Development analyse and assess a range of approaches to VAWG, and strategies aiming to end or minimise this human rights abuse, which blights the lives of women, families, and societies across the globe. 

Photo: A street rally to mark the launch of the We Can Campaign to End Violence Against Women, in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, September 2004.  Credit: Oxfam                                     


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There is free access to the Introduction, three articles, and the Resources and Book Reviews Sections of the issue, below.


Introduction to Gender, Development and Violence Against Women and Girls
Christine Hughes, Caroline Marrs and Caroline Sweetman


High risk feminism in El Salvador: women's mobilisation in violent times
Julia Zulver

Grassroots responses to violence against women and girls in post-earthquake Nepal: lessons from the field
Kay Standing, Sara Parker and Sapana Bista

Faith paths to overcome violence against women and girls in Brazil
Sarah de Roure and Chiara Capraro

'Two months of marriage were enough to turn my life upside down.' Early marriage as a form of gender-based violence
Souad Belhorma

Shifting negative social norms rooted in unequal gender and power relationships to prevent violence against women and girls
Laura Haylock, Rukia Cornelius, Anthony Malunga and Kwezilomso Mbandazayo

Building capacity for a disability-inclusive response to violence against women and girls: experiences from the W-DARE project in the Philippines
Cathy Vaughan, Alexandra Devine, Raquel Ignacio, Wanet Lacsamana, Ma. Jesusa Marco, Jerome Zayas and Carolyn Sobritchea

The Communities Care Program: changing social norms to end violence against women and girls in conflict-affected communities
Sophie Read-Hamilton and Mendy Marsh

Feminist mobilisation for policy change on violence against women: insights from Asia
Paola Cagna and Nitya Rao

Unintended complicities: preventing violence against women in South Africa
Lisa Vetten


Compiled by Liz Cooke
Resources List - Violence Against Women and Girls

Book Reviews

Edited by Liz Cooke

Gender, Development and Globalization (Second Edition), by Lourdes Benería, Günseli Berik and Maria S. Floro 
Reviewed by Alessandra Mezzadri

Masculinities in the Making: From the Local to the Global, by James W. Messerschmidt
Reviewed by Bob Pease

Women, Gender, Remittances and Development in the Global South, edited by Ton van Naerssen, Lothar Smith, Tine Davids and  Marianne H. Marchand 
Reviewed by Deborah Eade