DAY 2: Parallel sessions


Costing of gender-based violence

Host organisation: PfP (GIZ)

Gender-based violence is one of the most severe forms of inequality and remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations. Identifying the economic costs of gender-based violence will contribute to better-informed decisionmaking and comprehensive policy development when it comes to working to eradicate gender-based violence.

The presenters will clearly show that the impact of gender-based violence on economies, and on society, is significant, and that a holistic approach involving everyone who is focused on preventing gender-based violence is fundamental to addressing its root causes.

The session will be led by Dieneke ter Huurne as moderator, with presentations by:
  • Dr hc Christine Brendel, programme manager, Preventing Violence against Women in Ecuador (PreViMujer), GIZ: “Calculating the cost of violence against women, a useless exercise? Concrete experiences and lessons learned”
  • Dr Arístides A Vara-Horna, research director, San Martín de Porres University, Peru: “The cost of GBV for the private sector”
  • Ms Carmen Abdoll, economist, Cornerstone Economic Research: “Costing exercise of the National Strategic Plan in South Africa”

A question-and-answer session will follow.


Strengthening prevention responses – partnerships with private sector, public sector and philanthropic organisations

Host organisation: The Ford Foundation

This clinic will explore how the success of programmes aimed at creating a role for private philanthropy, and strengthening partnerships and collaborations to eradicate gender-based violence, can be measured. It will discuss the scope of private and public sector engagement on the prevention of violence against women and girls. It will also explore multi-stakeholder partnerships geared towards this end.

Key discussion points include:
  • What are the success factors for programmes that create a role for private philanthropy, and strengthening partnerships and collaborations, that help to prevent violence against women and girls?
  • What challenges have been experienced in designing and implementing these programmes?
  • What practical recommendations are available for designing and implementing these programmes?
  • What needs to be considered when replicating or upscaling these programmes?
  • What needs to be done to better translate evidence into policy and practice around these programmes?
The session includes presentations from the following distinguished guests:
  • Bongiwe Mlangeni, Social Justice Initiative (South Africa)
  • Lesley Ann Foster, Masimanyane Women’s Rights International
  • Gugu McLaren-Ushewokunze, National Business Initiative (South Africa)


Capacity development for practitioners – effective multi-stakeholder Partnerships

Host organisation: South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

This session is aimed at sharing experiences and lessons around developing capacity within practitioners working on preventing violence against women and girls when the capacity development is focused on partners from the global south – low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is also aimed at developing an enhanced understanding of the practical processes and key steps involved in developing capacity in partners from the global south. Lastly, it is aimed at allowing space for participants to support capacity development that is driven from, and focuses on, partners from the global south.

The session will take the form of a short panel discussion during which experiences, lessons and research are shared.

After the panel discussion participants will form small working groups to apply what has been discussed to their own projects.

Panellists include:
  • Annabelle Metzner, technical adviser: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’s research partnerships for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Southern Africa
  • Pinky Manong, gender-based violence liaison officer: Lesotho Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation
  • Samantha Willan, capacity development manager for the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls programme, South African Medical Research Council
  • Dumisani Rebombo, What Works partner and co-director, Yanani Community Project

The What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls programme is a global programme funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and managed in South Africa by the South African Medical Research Council.

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