Gender-Based Violence

Photo of our Malawi team standing arm in arm, outside of the Karonga Women’s Forum

SDDirect is a leading global supplier of gender-based violence (GBV) programming, policy and research. We provide technical support and training at all stages of design, implementation and evaluation. We integrate gender-based violence expertise across other aspects of our work as an acelerator for achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our vision is a world free from all forms of gender-based violence, where women and girls can exercise choice and agency. 

1 in 3 women and girls experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. This figure masks considerable variation in risk of violence for women and girls who experience discrimination based on multiple forms of inequality such as poverty, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) or HIV status. We are committed to working with and for women and girls in all their diversity, to reduce their experiences of all forms of violence.*

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a serious human rights concern and a major public health problem, rooted in power imbalances and gender inequality. The social and economic costs of violence are enormous for individuals, and have ripple effects throughout families, communities and society, lasting for generations.

Prevention is possible, but to stop violence against women and girls happening we all need to understand and address the underlying root causes.

Our experienced and specialist team of consultants have a range of expertise across both prevention and response and are committed to ensuring that policies and programming are informed by both rigorous evidence and practice-based knowledge on effective approaches to tackling violence against women and girls.

We focus on the following thematic areas and provide the following services:

  • Prevention and response: Holistic programming to end VAWG in development 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.

Services provided:  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, please reach out to Kate Bishop, Head of GBV Portfolio, at

* Women and girls in their diversity refers to all women and girls – cisgender and trans women – including women and girls of diverse ages, ethnicity, race, indigenous identity, religion, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC), HIV status, disability status, refugee and migrant status, relationship/ marital status, and other characteristics that do not only refer to the myriad of identities, social and health determinants that exists, but also includes varied geographies and socioeconomic status.

Mapping of Financing Opportunities in the Europe and Central Asia Region for Gender-based Violence Programs

This report maps out financing opportunities for programs focused on migrant and refugee issues and GBV in the Europe and Central Asia Region (ECAR). The piece has a specific focus on high-income countries that are currently responding to migrant and refugee influxes.