Spotlight on Gender

Preventing Gender-Based Violence: Lessons from the Field

By Mary Ellsberg & Myra Betron

Gender-based violence (GBV) is increasingly recognized as a critical driver of the HIV epidemic in many settings, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where the incidence of HIV infection is growing at alarming rates among young women in particular. There are few examples of interventions that have successfully tackled the challenge of combining HIV and violence prevention, but two innovative programs, one in Nicaragua and the other in Uganda, have found ways to do so. Mary Ellsberg and Myra Betron describe the work of Puntos de Encuentro and Raising Voices to share successful approaches to address GBV with other program planners.

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