UNFPA: Gender-Based Violence Prevention Programming Manual


Tiffany Wheatland,
Zein Rahemtulla
Mari Flora
Lauren Horowitz
Lamese Bader

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Manual Development on Lessons Learned on Joint Programming on Violence Against Women:

The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Violence Against Women held a piloting a joint programming initiative to address violence against women in 10 countries – Philippines, Fiji, Kyrgyzstan, Yemen, Jordan, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Chile, Jamaica and Paraguay – involving all relevant stakeholders at the national level, including government actors, the United Nations Country Teams and civil society stakeholders. Joint programming  resulted in harmonization of initiatives and budgets and maximization of each stakeholder’s comparative advantage. UNFPA is the Task Force co-chair and lead implementation agency for this work in the countries.

The joint programming initiative takes on particular significance in the “One UN” and new aid effectiveness environment. Based on the experiences from initiating and implementing joint programming on violence against women in the 10 pilot countries, a manual / guidelines on joint programming on violence against women will be developed in 2010 to serve as a methodology for such efforts. The manual / guidelines took into consideration relevant programming experiences on violence against women in addition to the insights gained from the pilot countries’ experiences. It was distributed to all United Nations Country Teams globally to guide joint programming on violence against women.  It is anticipated that the manual or guidelines will be translated into Arabic, Spanish and French and disseminated in hardcopy as well as electronic form.  The manual is was also released at the global consultation  held in 2010 to discuss the lessons-learned from joint programming on this issue and which will be attended by Gender Ministers, UN representatives from the 10 countries and civil society groups, among others.

Purpose of the Exercise

To help develop the manual, lessons from the 10 countries need to be collated and analyzed. This was undertaken via the development of an analytical questionnaire.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. In emergencies UNFPA is one of two agencies mandated to take the lead in the prevention and management of gender-based violence (GBV).


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