Browse by Theme: Intimate Partner Violence

More than one in three women worldwide (35%) experiences physical or sexual violence in her lifetime; in some countries, the prevalence is as high as 70%. Gender based violence (GBV) is one of the most widespread and damaging violations of human rights in the world, but we’re starting to see some real progress in our efforts to promote a right to a “Life free from violence”.


The Indashykirwa ('champions of change' in Kinyarwanda) project is a gender based violence (GBV) prevention programme that is being implemented in 14 sectors across seven districts of Rwanda from 2015 to 2019. 

It is funded by DFID and implemented by CARE with the Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) and Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC), and in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

This innovative partnership brings together practitioners and researchers to better understand what works to address intimate partner violence (IPV) and to implement a package of interventions. These interventions are designed to work at individual, family and community levels to shift attitudes, practices and social norms that perpetuate gender inequality and GBV.

One of these interventions is working with couples through a 5-month curriculum designed to help improve the way couples negotiate power in their relationship. Sonia Martins outlines the positive changes and learnings of this curriculum in her blog: Working with couples to address intimate partner violence

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4 lessons for adapting evidence-based programmes – Sonia Martins describes how the Indashyikirwa project tested and improved its method during the programme

Preventing violence against women in Rwanda: what’s in a metaphor? - Ani Lamont explains the importance of including local and situated knowledge in programmes for real and lasting change

Women’s rights are human rights: Marking 20 years of struggle to reduce Violence Against Women and Girls - Written at the start of the Indashyikirwa project, Sonia Martins reflects on both the progress and what still needs to be done to end VAWG

Rwandan men confront male attitudes and challenge gender-based violence - John Plastow writes about the positive changes men in Rwanda have experienced as participants in the programme 


This report estimates that violence against women costs society upwards of 2% of global GDP, and states that the problem is serious in low, middle and high income countries alike.


Research shows that addressing intimate partner violence (IPV) requires working at society, community, household and individual levels to promote relationships built on respect, equality and peace. This blog shares the emerging learnings of working specifically with couples to address IPV in the context of Rwanda and speaks to the findings of the qualitative research conducted by Dr Erin Stern from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (read more in this article by Dr Erin Stern and Ritha Nyiratunga).


Preventing intimate partner violence (IPV) won’t happen overnight. It requires a lengthy process of social change, and achieving that requires both time and funding investment.


Reflections on men and boys engaging gender work in development

The 2015 Engaging Men and Boys Learning Initiative explored the experiences of men involved in the struggle for gender equality. How did they first get involved? What sustains men and boys’ engagement in this work? How can men better support women and women’s organisations in the fight for gender equality? And how can organisations like CARE support them?


“Two God’s heads cannot fit in the same pot” says a Rwandan idiom used to justify why women cannot head households. The words we use to describe and talk about gender and violence matter. And yet, when it comes to designing research questionnaires or interventions, the power of language can be forgotten, in our haste to get a programme going. But the potential for real change perhaps lies in the tiny idiosyncrasies of local language, even though it often takes time to uncover such nuances.

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