Ending Violence against Women
WLP is conducting workshops for grassroots women, training trainers on advocating against gender-based violence, and leading local and international campaigns to reform laws and increase resources to protect women.
Workshops for police, law enforcement, and judicial officers
Mobilization for reforming local and national laws
Public education on violence against women
Local support and services for survivors
Curriculum on Ending Violence against Women
WLP’s Victories Over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls is a practitioners’ manual covering 16 lessons, which begin with scenarios in the home and private sphere and advance to scenarios in the public sphere. Case studies in each lesson are drawn from real-life events and feature stories set in Haiti, Malaysia, Nepal, and the United States.
Our partners have used the manual in trainings with legislators, female and male university students, refugee communities, police, and survivors of domestic violence, among many others. Victories Over Violence is frequently used in conjunction with other WLP manuals, in particular with Leading to Compassion, which explores peace-building for human rights activists.
Documentary Film: From Fear to Freedom
In WLP’s film From Fear to Freedom: Ending Violence Against Women, experts and activists from across the globe discuss the root causes of gender-based violence, share strategies to combat it, and provide inspiring accounts of the milestones already achieved through the international women’s movement. From Fear to Freedom is our most widely viewed film. The film is used in trainings, health classes for youth, workshops on gender-based violence, and in a host of other settings.
Campaigns to End Violence against Women
WLP partners are engaged in dozens of campaigns—local, national and international—to raise awareness and improve laws that address gender-based violence. For example, WLP’s partner in Jordan fought tirelessly to repeal Article 308 of the Jordan Penal Code, which permitted rapists to evade punishment by marrying their victims. As a result of activists’ continuous pressure and broad public outreach, Jordan’s Cabinet recently agreed to revoke the law. Another example is WLP’s partner in Pakistan that has mobilized the nationwide Campaign to Eliminate Hate Speech and Violence Against Women (Bolo Zimmedari Sai). WLP workshop participants have been involved in the messaging, dissemination, and implementation of the campaign. WLP’s partner in Malaysia has focused on involving and educating young men and boys about VAW through its annual participation in the White Ribbon Run, held around November 25 (the white ribbon is an international symbol for the campaign to end violence against women).
In addition to local and regional ‘ending violence against women’ campaigns, WLP and its partners participate annually in the global campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign runs from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). WLP and our partners organize workshops, screenings of From Fear to Freedom, radio programs, school visits, and other innovative projects.
Campaigns to Reform Family Laws
Our past decade and a half of work in dozens of countries to end gender-based violence is coalescing into a global advocacy campaign to reform laws that dictate women’s role in the family. In over 20 countries, WLP and our partners have been chipping away at the consequences for women of discriminatory laws and traditions—from child marriage to honor killings. WLP’s international research and advocacy project, Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence, is the catalyst for the international campaign. We have sponsored investigations into family law reform efforts in 11 countries, and we are cataloguing relevant laws, advocacy experiences, and successful reforms. This new initiative brings many anti-VAW campaigns together behind a united vision to reform family laws, and by extension to reform the social norms that tolerate physical and emotional harm to women.