Prevention of sexual violence is ultimately the most important goal in the field of sexual violence. A primary prevention approach helps to promote social change, respect, gender equality and works to prevent perpetration through addressing power imbalances, child sexual abuse, and other driving factors behind sexual violence. A central task is to empower women and to change dominant constructions of masculinity/femininity into ones which are gender equitable and non-violent. In many countries, interventions to prevent sexual violence are limited and most have not been evaluated. Moreover, since these interventions have been predominantly developed in industrialised countries their relevance to low resource settings is mostly untested. There is a need for more research to document effectiveness and replicability of different prevention approaches in a range of settings. In an effort to address these gaps and to identify best practices in prevention policy, programmes and interventions, the SVRI, with support from the Oak Foundation, has commissioned five global desk reviews and a series of meetings and workshops.
SVRI and Oak Foundation supported projects