Gender-Based Violence Response

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a global issue that refers to physical, sexual, psychological, and economic harm resulting from discrimination against a person on the basis of gender.

The majority of people who experience GBV are women, and approximately 70% of women worldwide encounter violence in their lifetime. While the most common form of GBV experienced by women is inflicted by an intimate partner, GBV can also occur in a variety of practices, such as early (childhood) marriage, female feticide, violence during pregnancy, female genital mutilation, honor killings, dowry murder, human trafficking, prostitution, and sexual violence in conflict, including using rape as a weapon of war (UNiTE, 2009).

In order to reduce GBV prevalence, governments and organizations around the world are leading efforts to prevent and respond to GBV. Legal frameworks to protect against common forms of GBV now exist in many countries, while public fervor following high-profile GBV cases has also driven forward legislative and social action. Yet, even with widespread support, implementing anti-GBV initiatives has been fraught with challenges. Private and public sector entities are actively seeking innovative responses to effectively prevent and address GBV in various countries around the world.

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Benefits of Mobile Data Collection
in Gender-Based Violence Response

Decision support and checklists help frontline workers adhere to tested, standardized protocols that accurately screen for GBV.

SMS capabilities allow frontline workers to communicate directly with victims of GBV.

Offline capabilities and two-way SMS offer beneficiaries in even the most remote locations access to essential services, either through visiting frontline workers or SMS.

Multimedia capabilities allow frontline workers to share informative videos and educate community members, especially men and boys.

Mobile tools can integrate with referral networks to ensure follow-up support for victims of GBV.

Featured CommCare-Based
Gender-Based Violence Response Projects

USAID Innovative Uses of Mobile Technology to Improve GBV Services

St. John’s Research Institute uses CommCare to improve protocol adherence and case management for their frontline workers serving victims of gender-based violence.

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UNICEF Community Survivor Support Unit Teams

UNICEF uses CommCare to strengthen monitoring and support for their Community Victim Support Units in Malawi.

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The Latest on Mobile Data Collection
in Gender-Based Violence Response

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Dimagi's Mohini Bhavsar Talks About Using CommCare to Combat Gender-Based Violence

Dimagi Senior Business Development Director Mohini Bhavsar attended a panel at the Wilson Center discussing the use of technology for gender-based violence response.

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Mobile Device Helps Nurses Identify Domestic Violence in Bangalore, India

A post originally published by the Population Reference Bureau discusses Dimagi’s efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in South Asia.

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How Simple Mobile Apps Can Help Women’s Organizations Grow their Impact

Dimagi’s Gillian Javetski was interviewed as part of series on ICT for the support of women around the world to discuss the use of technology in gender-based violence response.

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