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Written by Soyem Osakwe. 

Nigeria is failing its women and girls in so many ways. The latest spate of violence across the country has underscored the critical need for government to act swiftly to protect its most vulnerable and put an end to gender-based violence. From the camps of internally displaced persons, to states across the federation, it is the same story; women and girls have been victims of gruesome attacks.

Written by Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD.

Although you may feel scared or even panicked about testifying, speaking your truth in court can be empowering. Survivors testify against the person who abused them in all kind of situations, including:

Written by Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD.

Get the outcome you want in court by being prepared for the big day. Although you may feel concerned or even terrified about testifying against the person who abused you, there are good reasons to work through your fear and do it anyway. Here are some: speaking your truth in court can be empowering; you may save your life and others’ lives by testifying and testifying may be the only way to achieve safety. 

Written by Sarah Dickins and Naomi Mwaura.

It’s almost exactly 25 years since the seminal Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which called for an end to all forms of violence against women and violence against children. Since then, global interest, funding and initiatives to tackle GBV have grown exponentially - but not evenly.

Written by Z.

A little child still cries for help in me, but nobody can hear. When I was young, all I needed was protection and guidance, but these rights were robbed from me. My childhood was taken away from me and my pain is still neglected.

Written by Mariana Cruz Murueta (IPPF/WHR), Susana Medina Salas (IPPF/WHR) and Ivón Silva Márquez (Mexfam). 

On March 11, 2020, the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom, officially declared that COVID-19 had become a global pandemic, leading us to individually and collectively think about and reflect on an era before, during, and after COVID-19.

Escrito por Mariana Cruz Murueta (IPPF/WHR), Susana Medina Salas (IPPF/WHR) e Ivón Silva Márque (Mexfam).

El pasado 11 de marzo de 2020, el Director General de la Organización Mundial de la Salud, Tedros Adhanom, declaraba oficialmente que el COVID-19 se había convertido en una pandemia de alcance global, llevándonos a pensar y reflexionar de manera individual y colectiva en torno a una era pre, durante y post COVID-19.

Susana Medina Salas (IPPF/WHR), Mariana Cruz Murueta (IPPF/WHR), Ivon Silva Márquez (Mexfam).

El establecimiento de vínculos afectivos entre pares y parejas es parte de los hitos de desarrollo que enfrenta la mayoría de las personas adolescentes y jóvenes. Durante esta etapa de la vida, el establecimiento de las relaciones afectivas está influenciado por muchos factores que tienen que ver con las características individuales, familiares y socioculturales de los y las jóvenes.

Susana Medina Salas (IPPF/WHR) , Mariana Cruz Murueta (IPPF/WHR) and Ivon Silva Márquez (Mexfam).

One of the developmental milestones most adolescents and young people face is establishing emotional ties among peers and partners. During this stage of life, the establishment of emotional relationships is influenced by many factors that have to do with the individual, family, and socio-cultural characteristics of young people.

Written by Lisa Aronson Fontes, Ph.D.

6 ways to help someone who is a victim of their intimate partner. You may have noticed that your friend is acting differently, and you suspect they are being controlled and maybe even abused by their intimate partner. Learn how you can help.

Written by Elizabeth Dartnall (SVRI), Anik Gevers (SVRI), Chandré Gould (ISS) and Angelica Pino (SVRI).

The number of domestic violence cases reported to the South African police between March-April dropped by 69.4%. This figure makes it tempting to believe that in SA, unlike many other countries, lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic reduced family and domestic violence.

Written by Chi-Chi Undie, Sanyukta Mathur, Nicole Haberland, Isabel Vieitez and Julie Pulerwitz (Population Council).

The place of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) data collection in the time of COVID-19 is the subject of closely-watched discourse. To collect (SGBV data), or not to collect?

Interview with Sylvia Namakula and Agnes Grace Nabachwa.

Healing and Resilience after Trauma (HaRT) is dedicated to holistic healing among women and girls who have experienced human trafficking and gender based violence.

Written by Sangeeta Rege and Surbhi Shrivastava.

A growing number of news reports and commentaries from across the globe are shedding light on the possible rise in cases of violence against women (VAW) in the wake of COVID-19.

Written by Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D.

With the extreme stresses of COVID-19 and social distancing, it is easy to crave a relationship that will make all the pain go away.

By Elizabeth Dartnall (SVRI) and Ellen Bates-Jefferys (IPA).

Advocacy and implementing organizations along with leaders around the world have worked tirelessly to shine a spotlight IPV during COVID19. As researchers, we are here to boost efforts and support tangible, positive change.

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Written by Lizle Loots (SVRI), Elizabeth Dartnall (SVRI) and Jocelyn Kelly (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative).

Online engagement is the new normal and the transition from in-person to online meetings has increasingly revealed the dark side of online communication tools. This blog post provides tips and resources contributed by multiple colleagues and donors to secure online events and manage risks while working online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Written by Alessandra Guedes, Amber Peterman, Dina Deligiorgis.

While the world may have been caught off guard by the size and ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis, it should be prepared to respond to the increased risks to the wellbeing and safety of children and women. Violence against children and violence against women are widespread globally and intrinsically linked, sharing common risk factors and similar adverse and severe consequences.

Written by Martín Hernán Di Marco | National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina

It seems paradoxical that, as a researcher who specialises in conducting socio-anthropological research on violence (where talking about personal experiences is almost mandatory), it has taken me almost 5 months to write this short testimony.

Written by Mariana Cruz Marueta (IPPF/WHR), Ivon Silva Márquez (Mexfam) and Génesis Luigi (IPPF/WHR).

“My dad controls and forbids many things to my mother; he wants to control everything. But their relationship is a good one. When they fight, they only yell at each other; there’s no hitting or anything like that.”

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