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Gender-Based Violence

Prevention and Response


SDDirect is a prominent global leader in gender-based violence (GBV) programming, policy, and research, anchored in feminist principles. We partner with diverse groups and stakeholders, offering technical support, training, and accompaniment throughout programme and investment lifecycles.

We recognise the importance of integrating gender-based violence prevention and response across other aspects of our work as an accelerator for achieving gender equality.  

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1/3 women and girls endure physical or sexual violence, with heightened risk for those facing discrimination based on factors like poverty, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and HIV status. 

Violence against women and girls is a significant human rights and public health issue rooted in power imbalances. Its costs, both social and economic, are immense, lasting generations.  


Prevention is possible through an intersectional, evidence-based, and practice-oriented approach addressing the underlying causes. 

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Our GBV prevention & response work 

Prevention and response: Holistic programming to end VAWG in various settings with an emphasis on primary prevention accompanied by response.   

GBV in emergencies: GBV prevention and response in humanitarian programming with a focus on policy, guidance, capacity strengthening and research and evaluation.   

School related GBV: Prevention and response in education spaces, with a focus on gendered and intersectional analysis. 

Violence against LGBTQI+ communities: Prevention and response with a focus on intersectional analysis, research and evaluation. 

Technology facilitated GBV: Prevention and response with a focus on policy, guidance, capacity strengthening and research and evaluation.   

We envision a world free from all forms of gender-based violence, where all women, girls and gender diverse people can realise their rights and exercise choice and agency. 

Our areas of expertise


Helpdesk services; programme leadership; technical assistance, accompaniment and training; knowledge products and guidance material; policy and programme guidance; specialist research, monitoring and evaluation on GBV.

We take a  feminist intersectional approach to our work on GBV, recognising how gender inequality intersects with other systems of oppression, discrimination and structural inequalities, including (but not limited to) those related to race, ethnicity, class, cast, homo and transphobia, ableism, ageism, nationality, immigration status, refugee and asylum seeker status, and health status. 

If you would like to hear more about our work on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), please reach out to Tina Musuya, Head of the GBV Portfolio,

How Development Actors Can Support Safe and Effective Response to GBV When Emergencies Occur

This briefing note is targeted to development actors working on GBV who increasingly may be facing humanitarian emergencies. When working on GBV, many of the interventions to mitigate it and support survivors, families and communities are the same in development and conflict settings. Nevertheless, there are important actions that development actors can undertake, even from the preparedness stage of an emergency, to support more effective GBV prevention and response after the emergency strikes.

GBV Risk Mitigation - An Essential Approach to Meeting Core Humanitarian Priorities

Written primarily for non-GBV specialists—those who work in sectors of humanitarian response other than GBV—this briefing note begins with a review of what GBV risk mitigation entails and how GBV risk mitigation supports good humanitarian programming. It then looks at two thematic priorities within humanitarian response—accountability to affected populations (AAP) and localization — and explores how undertaking GBV risk mitigation can support these agendas.

الوقاية من العنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي والاستجابة له في السياقات المتأثرة بالكوارث الطبيعية

تقدم هذه المذكرة الإرشادية مقدمة عن الكيفية التي من المحتمل أن تزداد بها الكوارث نتيجة لتغير المناخ وتأثيرها على النساء، لا سيما من حيث زيادة تعرضهن للعنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي. وتسلط الضوء على الدروس المستفادة من الكوارث في منطقة آسيا والمحيط الهادئ حول كيفية تحسين التأهب والاستجابة والتعافي من العنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي.

Prevención y respuesta a la violencia basada en el género en contextos afectados por desastres naturales

Esta nota de orientación ofrece una introducción sobre cómo es probable que aumenten las catástrofes como consecuencia del cambio climático y el efecto desproporcionado que tienen sobre las mujeres, especialmente en términos de aumento de su vulnerabilidad a la violencia de género. Destaca las lecciones extraídas de los desastres ocurridos en la región de Asia y el Pacífico sobre cómo mejorar la preparación, la respuesta y la recuperación ante la violencia de género.

Prévenir et répondre aux violences basées sur le genre en situation de catastrophes naturelles : Avec une attention particulière sur l’Asie et le Pacifique

Cette note d'orientation présente la manière dont les catastrophes sont susceptibles d'augmenter en raison du changement climatique et l'effet disproportionné qu'elles ont sur les femmes, en particulier en termes d'augmentation de leur vulnérabilité à la violence liée au genre. Elle met en lumière les enseignements tirés des catastrophes survenues dans la région Asie-Pacifique sur la manière d'améliorer la préparation, la réponse et le

Tip Sheet: Ensuring Attention to GBV in Anticipatory Action

This tip sheet, which updates and provides a summary of a longer report on GBV and anticipatory action, is meant to serve as a primer on anticipatory action for GBV actors and those supporting GBV risk mitigation interventions. The research query on GBV and anticipatory action remains an important reference for more detailed information and includes case studies, see Jay, H. (2021).

مستند نصائح: ما معنى التركيز على الناجيات في تنفيذ برامج العنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي في حالات الطوارئ؟

تقدم هذه الورقة الإرشادية لمحة عامة عن النهج الذي يركز على الناجيات ولماذا وكيف ينبغي استخدامه في جميع أنواع ومراحل برمجة العنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي في حالات الطوارئ.

Fiche de conseil: Que signifie « axé sur les survivantes » dans la mise en œuvre du programme de lutte contre la violence basée sur le genre dans les situations d'urgence ?

Cette fiche de conseil donne un aperçu de l'approche centrée sur les survivant(e)s et explique pourquoi et comment elle doit être utilisée pour tous les types et toutes les phases de la programmation de la lutte contre la violence du genre dans les situations d'urgence.

Ficha de consejos: ¿Qué significa enfocado en la sobreviviente en la ejecución de la programación sobre la violencia basada en el género en contextos de emergencia?

Esta hoja de consejos ofrece una visión general del enfoque centrado en el superviviente y explica por qué y cómo debe utilizarse en todos los tipos y fases de la programación de la violencia de género en situaciones de emergencia.