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The actions required to prevent violence against women

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There are 12 actions needed to prevent violence against women.

  • Four actions address the underlying drivers of this violence (Essential actions 1-4)
  • Four actions address the social context in which this violence arises (Essential actions 5-8)
  • Four supporting actions address the reinforcing factors (Supporting actions 9-12).


Essential actions to address the gendered drivers of violence

Essential actions to address the social context in which violence against women occurs

  1. Promote and normalise gender equality in public and private life.
  2. Address the intersections between gender inequality and other forms of systemic and structural oppression and discrimination, and promote broader social justice.
  3. Build safe, fair and equitable organisations and institutions by focusing on systemic levers.
  4. Strengthen positive, equal and respectful relations between and among women and men, girls and boys, in public and private spheres.

Supporting actions to address the reinforcing factors

  1. Challenge the normalisation of violence and aggression as an expression of masculinity.
  2. Reduce the long-term impacts of exposure to violence, and prevent further exposure.
  3. Strengthen prosocial behaviour.
  4. Plan for and actively address backlash and resistance.

The supporting actions address the 4 reinforcing factors. On their own, these supporting actions are not sufficient to prevent violence against women. A national approach to prevention must prioritise the essential actions (Actions 1-8) to address the drivers of violence against women. However, these supporting actions can make an important contribution to overall prevention goals.

Resources to understand the actions