Levers for Change

Addressing gender-based violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation (FGM)

Levers for change

Addressing gender-based violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation (FGM) - Levers for change

The following are examples of possible entry points for action that could help to achieve each of the Outcomes of the AmplifyChange Theory of Change.

This is not an exhaustive list but can be considered illustrative of the types of activities that could be included in successful proposals for funding under the Gender-based violence priority.  

Addressing gender-based violence - Levers for change

Outcome: Increased individual awareness of SRHR as human rights

Possible entry points for action: 
  • Strengthening the institutional and organisational capacity of community-based organisations preventing and responding to GBV, in particular women-led groups 
  • Use of creative awareness-raising and public education strategies to break the silence around GBV, promote dialogue and challenge acceptance of violence at grassroots level 
  • Initiatives that empower women and girls to advocate for their rights 
  • Working with men and boys to critically reflect on social norms relating to gender and sexuality and to promote positive masculinity 
  • Development and dissemination of user-friendly versions of laws and policies to marginalised groups, including child-friendly and local language versions 
Addressing gender-based violence - Levers for change

Outcome: Access to SRHR resources, information and services

Possible entry points for action:
  • Creative use of traditional and modern communication methods and technologies to disseminate information about cross-sector support services, in particular to marginalised groups and incorporating information on mental health support services for survivors of GBV 
  • Education of service providers, influential figures and duty-bearers (such as medical staff, police, traditional leaders) to ensure appropriate responses to reports of GBV and to engage these actors in disseminating information 
  • Pilot innovate service-delivery models and use the evidence and lessons to advocate for improved service-delivery by state authorities 
  • Targeted service delivery for GBV survivors to ensure sensitive and appropriate care; for example, comprehensive SRHR services for rape survivors 
  • Community scorecard processes to promote improved service delivery and accountability of service providers 
  • Conduct and utilise research and / or data collection to support advocacy efforts for improved services 
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration, particularly mental health providers, and also with initiatives around WASH and education as a means of prevention 
Addressing gender-based violence - Levers for change

Outcome: Transform social norms

Possible entry points for action:
  • Supporting influential figures to campaign against GBV (such as religious and traditional leaders, medical professionals, teachers, ex-FGC practitioners, women’s leaders and youth) 
  • Revision of the school curriculum to ensure that it promotes gender equality rather than reinforces discriminatory norms and stereotypes 
  • Working with the media to promote positive social norms, challenge myths and harmful stereotypes 
Addressing gender-based violence - Levers for change

Outcome: Change policies and laws

Possible entry points for action:
  • Initiatives that enhance CSO organisational capacity to lobby and advocate effectively, including building skills in legal, policy and budgetary analysis; monitoring and data analysis skills; capacity to develop an advocacy strategy; non-adversarial advocacy skills etc. 
  • Analysis of the national legal and policy framework, including budgetary allocations and stakeholder mapping, to identify gaps and opportunities for advocacy 
  • Conduct research or gather evidence to address data gaps, inform policy positions and strengthen advocacy initiatives 
  • Development of measurement systems that navigate the sensitivities of reporting GBV, capturing the linkages between GBV and other cross-sector programmes such as mental health 
  • Input into the development of national strategies, action plans and monitoring frameworks, to monitor the implementation of relevant laws and policies 
  • Establish mechanisms for increased engagement between CSOs and decision-makers at local, regional and national levels, to enable CSOs to influence strategies, plans and budgets 
  • Initiatives that attempt to reduce procedural delays of cases in court, in particular in cases of sexual violence, to aid speedy access to justice and support for survivors of violence 
Addressing gender-based violence - Levers for change

Outcome: Stronger, more inclusive movements for SRHR

Possible entry points for action:
  • Strengthening of inclusive of local, regional and national networks and coalitions working towards eradicating GBV and harmful practices 
  • Development of collaborative advocacy and policy strategies, initiatives or campaigns 
  • Networking and exchange among CSOs and other actors to exchange information and lessons, and to explore opportunities for collaboration