Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious public health issue for individuals all over the world, and it is often perpetuated due to harmful cultural practices and social norms, as well as conflict and instability. Sustained and effective interventions are critical to address, reduce, and one day eliminate GBV. Since 2011, WI-HER has partnered with governments, health facilities and providers, and communities to identify the root causes of GBV and enabled individuals, through our innovative iDARE methodology, to design solutions to prevent and respond to GBV. Today, we are established leaders and preferred partners in improving the identification, care, treatment, and prevention of GBV.
WI-HER works with implementing partners, governments, and communities by providing the tools necessary to respond to and prevent GBV. This often involves identifying community attitudes that perpetuate violence and working directly with healthcare providers to optimize their capacity to provide, for example, trauma-informed care.
The WI-HER team:
Conducts on-site and virtual mentoring and training visits, including assistance in cascading training to local organizations and communities.
Applies iDARE methodology to engage and support governments, providers, and local communities to identify the GBV risk factors and barriers to essential care and services and to design and implement locally-led solutions. This often involves designing and providing tools to respond to GBV.
Implements grants under contract mechanisms to support local organizations to develop comprehensive packages related to GBV care, treatment, and prevention and train healthcare workers.
Engages in the community through advocacy and sensitization and supports local partners, civil society organizations, and community-based organizations in their efforts to address and prevent GBV.
Strengthens the capacity of government focal points to engage with communities, including youth, to inform strengthened services and advocate for sensitive and responsive care.