What Works has been shaping understanding of the underlying factors that lead to violence against women and girls, and pushing a global movement of support for prevention activities, via meetings with the United Nations and the World Bank.

Representatives from all three components of the What Works programme, including Dr Emma Fulu from the South African Medical Research Council, and Dr Jeannie Annan from the International Rescue Committee and Stella Mukasa from ICRW, led a series of learning sessions in New York in February.

Participants were shown a brief video, Stopping Violence Before it Starts, to introduce them to concepts of prevention work and approaches to addressing underlying causes, such as childhood experiences of violence, the promotion of aggressive forms of masculinity and alcohol abuse, as a way to prevent violence from occurring. They were also provided with an overview of the global evidence on what leads to, and what type of programmatic approaches are working to reduce incidences of violence.

At UNICEF Headquarters, New York, 30 attendees heard from Emma Fulu, Jeannie Annan, Natacha Stevanovic and Gina Alvarado. At another meeting with 30 members of UN Women, Fulu, Annan and Stevanovic looked at how findings from the What Works programmes would help shape future prevention programming.

The final meeting was with the World Bank where Jennifer Solotaroff, Senior Social Development Specialist, VPGB of the Gender-Based Violence Working Group, facilitated a discussion on emerging evidence on violence against women and girls, and priorities for the field of violence prevention.


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