Innovative Ideas To Stop Violence Against Girls
The World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) awarded US$1.1 million to 11 research teams from around the world for innovations to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV).
More than 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Violence experienced by women and girls not only has devastating effects on survivors but poses an obstacle to development and shared economic progress, as it impedes full participation in society and the economy and limits access to education and other opportunities.
The Development Marketplace Awards aim to help individuals, communities, and nations stamp out GBV. This year’s winners include a team evaluating a 'walking school bus' — a group of children walking to school with one or more adults — as a school-related GBV intervention in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa; a team looking at how monks and devotees can intervene to reduce GBV in communities in Cambodia; and a team working with young boys and girls in Papua New Guinea to train future leaders devoted to ending inequality and preventing GBV.